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19 Sep 2010 08:38
About Feed Links and Item Links
FeedBack ( 0) It is important to specify the Feed Link (the link for your feed title) and Item Links (the links for item titles for individual Items in the feed) carefully. Here's why.
Normally, you should specify as your Feed Link the address for a website corresponding in some way to this feed. In so doing, whenever one clicks the title of your feed, the associated website will be opened. However, you can choose whatever you want.
If you leave the Feed Link entry blank when creating your feed, Enfeedia will automatically insert the URL for the NewsPage for this feed. This is useful in cases where one does not have a website or does not wish to link to a website. But understand this means that when one clicks the title of the feed, the NewsPage for the feed will open that may lead to a circular reference, not a useful result.
Normally, the item link should be an address to an online document (e.g., webpage, PDF file, JPG image file) corresponding to the topic of that item. That online document is where one would find more information pertaining to this item. The item might be considered a "teaser" that leads one to the online document for the complete story.
In some cases, the item might be standalone meaning no additional information need be presented to deliver the full story; i.e., the item is self-contained. In this case, you can leave the entry blank for the item link when entering your item; the item link will default to your feed link.
Consequences of using defaults for both the Feed Link and Item Link
Note that if you use the default feed link (the NewsPage address as explained above) and also use the default item link, then the item link will be the NewsPage address (because the item link defaults to the feed link which defaults to the NewsPage)! Typically this is undesirable. It is highly recommended that you explicitly specify one or the other -- preferably the Feed Link -- to avoid circular references of items to the items' respective NewsPages.