For those of you that are aware of RSS feeds, you may have subscribed to our site and been enjoying the full text feed that we offer. For those of you that haven’t – now is your chance.
One of the upsides of an RSS feed is that you can provide a “light” path for your users who want to get your posts, but don’t necessarily want to visit the site everyday.
One of the downsides is that the person/people running the site offering said feed doesn’t get a good idea of how many people are reading the feed if they aren’t visiting the site (as you may or may not have noticed, we have a few counter/tracker things in place to see what sort of traffic we get).
Well, thanks to the very cool Feedburner service, we can now track the RSS readership. What this means for you is really nothing – you don’t have to worry about changing your links or RSS feed – I handled that on the server side with a mod_rewrite reference which points all RSS feeds towards Feedburner. It is also smart enough to format all RSS and Atom versions appropriately for your browser, and it even fancies it up a bit so that if you view the XML in a browser, it should be human readable.
I have also updated the ping service for EphBlog updates to notify Feedburner when there are new updates, so it should always have the proper and updated feed.
All in all, a great service.
Don’t worry, there will still be no ads on EphBlog and everything should perform just the same. If Feedburner stops behaving properly, I can simply remove the feed redirects and instantly you (assuming you are pointing to our local feeds), will go back to getting the feed we publish locally.
Also, as you can see at the top of this post, and also in the sidebar, there is a counter for the feed. As more people use it and refresh their feeds, then we can get a more accurate assessment of how many people are hitting the feed.
The nerd in me rejoices.