How to Add RSS Feeds to a Web Site with Dreamweaver

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Download the DreamReader Extension

Download DreamFeeder
Download DreamFeeder. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

While it is certainly possible to use Dreamweaver to edit RSS XML files by hand, you don't need to if you buy the Dreamweaver extension DreamFeeder.

DreamFeeder acts as an RSS editor for your Dreamweaver Web sites. It sits inside Dreamweaver and shows you the feeds you have associated with your various sites.

You can purchase DreamFeeder for an unlimited number of Web sites for only $79, 5 sites is $59, and 1 site is $49. The trial version inserts information into the feed that indicates it hasn't been purchased. But you can download DreamFeeder to try it out.

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Install DreamFeeder in the Dreamweaver Extensions

Install DreamFeeder
Install DreamFeeder. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

The easiest way to install the DreamFeeder extension is by double clicking on the extension. This will open the Dreamweaver Extension Manager. It should install without a problem, but according to RNSoft if you use Dreamweaver 7 (MX 2004) you should make sure you have Dreamweaver 7.01 for best results.

You can also open your extensions manager and navigate to where you downloaded the extension and add it from there. Remember to unzip or unpack it.

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DreamFeeder is in the Window Menu

In the Window Menu
In the Window Menu. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

DreamFeeder is installed in the "Window" menu. Select it to open the DreamFeeder floating window.

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Parts of the DreamFeeder Window

Parts of the DreamFeeder Window
Parts of the DreamFeeder Window. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

The parts of the DreamFeeder window are:

  1. The Site Menu DreamFeeder incorporates the RSS feeds into your defined Dreamweaver Sites. If you have not already created a site, you'll need to do so to get the full functionality from DreamFeeder.
  2. Toolbar Buttons There are several toolbar buttons to make it quick to edit your RSS feed. From left to right they are:
    • Preferences
    • Help
    • New RSS feed
    • Edit existing feed
    • Process a feed - generate the content for it
    • Delete
    • Link to a feed - puts the link to the feed in the current document
    • Upload feed - same as using upload in your file manager
    • Ping - tell Yahoo or iTunes you have a new entry
    • Refresh feeds list
  3. About and Register buttons Here you can register your version of DreamFeeder or find out what version you have.
  4. List of your feeds This will show you the feeds you've set up.
  5. Status of DreamFeeder This provides you information about the status of your feeds and what DreamFeeder is doing.

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Create a New Feed

Create a New Feed
Create a New Feed. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Click on the "New Feed" button to create a new RSS feed. This will open up a wizard that takes you through the steps to create a new RSS feed.

DreamFeeder allows you to create the feed entries manually or attach them to existing pages on your Web site. Each method has advantages.

Creating the feed content manually allows you to create a feed that promotes and highlights your content. You won't have to worry about whether the content is showing up correctly or if there are things that shouldn't appear in your RSS, because only what you enter will be in the RSS.

Creating the feed by attaching it to pages of your site makes the feed more automated. Then every time you change something on your site, you can click on the "Process Feed" option to add the changes to your RSS. This makes your site more like a blog.

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View and Manage Your Feeds in DreamFeeder

View and Manage Your Feeds
View and Manage Your Feeds. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Once you have set up your feeds, they will appear in the RSS Feeds window. From there you can add content, edit the feed settings, upload them, or ping servers to changes.