Monthly Archives: June 2006

Social Bookmark Button Images Added

I’ve updated the bookmark page to include graphic buttons for each service.

Since some may not always remember the name of their social bookmarking service, but they know it’s light green and purple, now they can recognize it.

del.irio.us was also removed as it’s since joined with another service and has removed their site.

Enjoy!

FeedBlitz Option Added

FeedBlitz is now an option available on the tools page. When you send a visitor to iFeedReaders subscribe page, and you have a FeedBlitz account, we can create a subscription box for you. That way, if people aren’t up on the whole feed reader idea, they can subscribe via email.

All you have to do is make sure to create your iFeedReaders URL with your FeedBlitz ID in it. We’ll do the rest.

Need to know how to find your FeedBlitz ID?

Sending You Home Again

Forget where you came from? No problem, iFeedReaders will now send you home.

I added a snippet of code to remember where you came from. That is if you entered the site via an iFeedReaders button to the subscribe or bookmark page.

That way, if you came to iFeedReaders from a Joe’s blog post on the his new iPod nano, we’ll make sure to remember that in case you want to go back when you are done.

Like always, iFeedReaders.com only remembers any information as long as you keep your browser open. Once it’s been quit, we forget everything.

Stupid Internet Explorer

I’m always amazed at how much time I spend fixing things for Internet Explorer. I’m hoping IE 7 brings the many advances it needs in CSS. Standards would be nice. :)

I’m still not positive how great the site renders in Internet Explorer, but I’ve fix the major issues. If you are using Firefox, Safari or Opera then it looks beautiful.
Let me know what design issues you come across and I’ll see what I can do.

What is a feed? How do I subscribe?

What is a feed?

A feed is a web document that usually ends in .xml or .rss and it is a slimmed-down version of a website that is created to be easily syndicated. It may be represented by an orange icon. Feed Icon

What does it cost? $0 – It’s free. And no personal information is exchanged.

What is a feed reader?

A feed reader is an application, stand alone or web based, that reads feeds. A feed reader is to feeds what an email application is to email.

What is a Chicklet or feed button?

A Chicklet is a feed button that has your feed readers logo and the blog’s information attached to it. It has been specifically coded to make it as easy as possible to subscribe to the site’s feed.

To subscribe to a feed, just click on the Chicklet (feed button) that represents the feed reader you choose to use. If you don’t see your reader, simply click on the first orange icon and you’ll be presented with the raw rss feed. Copy this URL into your feed reader.

You may need to see your feed readers help files for more information on adding feeds.

How do I unsubscribe to a feed?

Just delete the feed from your feed reader. You may need to see your feed readers help files for specific information.

How do I know when a feed is updated?

All feed readers update periodically. You may have to push an update button, or it may happen when you load the page or open the feed reader. When updating, the feed reader will go out and check for updated information for you. If there is anything new, the feed reader will alert you; usually bolding new information.

Why is this good?

A feed reader can check all your feeds in seconds for updates without you ever having to visit the websites. 5 or 500 feeds, it doesn’t matter. It’ll do all the work much faster than you can surf to the website to check manually. This will help you stay up to date with many different sites.

What’s a good Feed Reader?

For Firefox, I suggest using Fizzle. Once installed, you just have to click on the orange RSS button in the URL and bookmark any feed.

Safari comes with a good built in RSS reader.

IE 7 has a built in RSS reader, haven’t tried it though.

If you want a web based RSS reader, checkout Google, Rojo or Bloglines.

Please see the official documentation at each site for instructions on how to each feed reader works.

iFeedReaders Beta Open

iFeedReaders is now open for testing purposes.

There is still much to do, however I feel that this site has the basic services down and can start helping you promote your blog today.

What is iFeedReaders? Well, we allow you to add one subscription button or one social bookmark button to your site that directs people here. Once here, they can subscribe to your feed or bookmark your site in a wide variety of online services. Instead of adding 20 feed buttons to your site, add just one iFeedReaders button and we’ll do the rest.

Since we are in beta mode, there may be issues. If you find any, contact me. :)

As the weeks go on, I have plans to make this site better and and I look forward to your feedback.