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15 Jul 2010 11:27
Compare and contrast Enfeedia's Standard, Calendar, and Subchannel Feed Types
FeedBack ( 0) With Enfeedia's three feed types, you now have options to present your items in a way best suited to the nature of your feed. Plue you can suppress the display of item dates for subject matter that isn't date-driven. Here are the options:
Standard News Feed: Items are presented in the order that you post them on the feed. The most recently posted item is at the top (which means at the beginning of the feed file presented to feed 'readers'), with previously posted items below that in reverse chronological order. You can suppress the otherwise shown posting date if the subject matter doesn't matter, for example for photo galleries and real estate listings.
Calendar Feed: Items are presented in the order of the Event Dates (and optionally Event Times) that you explicitly assign when posting the item, in forward chronological order of event date, regardless of posting date. Forward chronological order means the next upcoming event is at the top of the heap, with events futher out into the future folllowing that event, in event date order. Again, you can suppress the display of the date, in this case, the event date, perhaps because you want the viewer of the feed to read the item descriptions to learn when the event is scheduled.
Subchannel Feed: An RSS feed is somtimes referred to as a "channel". With our Subchannel feed, you can group items according to Category that you assign each item such that, in the feed display, items of same category are grouped together under their respective category titles, and in reverse posting order like standard news feeds. Thus, for example, with five categories, you can in effect turn a feed into five separate feeds -- subchannels -- that all share the same alerting and subscription methods. Examples include an overall sports feed with categories baseball, football, soccer, etc. Or an investment feed with categories for different kinds of investments or of different risk/return tradeoffs.
When you suppress dates for any of the above, we refer to the feed as also being a Gallery Feed. So, for example, you can publish a Subchannel Gallery Feed.
To select the feed type you wish, make the appropriate selection on the feed data entry form that you access by clicking the "Set Up Feeds" link in the "News Feed Publishing" block.