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Configure the RSS2HTML Scriptt:

Welcome to the RSS2HTML configuration Tutorial.

Before we begin, there are a few things you'll need to verify with whoever your web hosting provider is. First, does your web server support PHP?


Second, what is your FTP server?


Third, what are your login credentials for your FTP server?


Fourth, what is the link to the feed you want to translate?

If you aren't sure what the answers any of those question are, please pause this video and locate that information.


The first step in configuring RSS2HTML is to download it, so head over to our website, www.feedforall.com

Once there, on the left hand side, click on Download.

In the Downloads section, click on the Download button in the RSS2HTML section and save the zip file. I've created a special directory for the purposes of this tutorial but you can save the file anywhere that is convenient to reference. Once the file is downloaded, right click on it and select the "Extract All" option. Then click on Next to extract the files contained within the zip. Now that we have the components of the script extracted, you'll notice these four files. This file is the documentation for the script, which will go over far more information than is contained in this tutorial. It is always a good idea to read and review the documentation because it will give you a better understanding of the script, how it works and different ways it can be implemented.

The other three files are the actual components of the script.

First we have the PHP script file itself.

Next we have the secondary parser include and last we have an example template.

So, now that we have the components extracted, we need to upload them to your web server.

To do this, you'll need an FTP program. Windows itself has an FTP shell built in to the Windows Explorer but if you're unfamiliar with uploading files, you may want to use an FTP program.

In this tutorial, I'll be using RhinoSoft's Serv-U Gold FTP program, which you can download from http://www.Serv-U.com/ It's incredibly easy to install and configure, so if you're new to uploading and don't have your own FTP program, give it a try.

Now that we have all three components of the script FTP'd up to the web server, we'll need to determine the URL that was assigned to the files. In this example, the URL for this FTP directory is www.feedforall.com/demo/

So, the files that I've uploaded will all be referenced from that URL. This is important because the final step in configuring the RSS2HTML output is to build the translation URL.

There are three steps in this process.

First, we need the URL of the rss2html.php script. In this example, it's: http://www.feedforall.com/demo/rss2html.php

Second, we'll need the URL of the RSS Feed to Translate. The example feed I'm translating is: http://www.feedforall.com/blog-feed.xml

Third, we'll need the URL of the template. In this example, it's: http://www.feedforall.com/demo/sample-template.html

Once you have all three URL's, we'll need to build the translation link. All translation links will be referenced as follows:

First, the link to the PHP script, question mark XMLFILE=, the link to the RSS Feed, &TEMPLATE=, then the link to the template: http://www.feedforall.com/demo/rss2html.php?XMLFILE=http://www.feedforall.com/blog-feed.xml&TEMPLATE=http://www.feedforall.com/demo/sample-template.html

Enter this URL in to a web browser and you should see the RSS Feed's information translated into HTML that the browser can display.

As a final note, I'd like to point out that there are literally hundreds of ways to configure the output of the script. You can change the way the template is laid out and which variables are displayed so that the template looks exactly the way you want it to. All of the variables that can be used in a template can be found in the documentation file.

There are also many different methods of implementing the script. We're going over the most basic method of implementation in this tutorial but if you're interested in alternate implementations, please visit this thread in our forum: http://www.feedforall.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=384


This concludes the RSS2HTML configuration Tutorial.

Welcome to the tutorial and explanation of how and why to convert from rss to html. Please visit our website, www.feedforall.com , for more tutorials, including how to configure the program to create and post RSS Feeds.

 

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