Website Updates Notification, How To?

I recently finished building my website, http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/

Now I don’t intend to make major changes to the website, but I would like people to keep visiting every now and then so that they don’t forget me. I have created a News Updates page where I intend to add a picture of the month and some waffle about what ever might be relevant at the time.

Latest News Update Page: http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/news.html
News Update Archive Page: http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/newsarchive.html

I was wondering how I could set a system to notify people that this page has been updated?

I have seen RSS Feeds on other websites and didn’t know what I could do in Freeway?

What problem will I face in setting this up?

Is it complicated?

At the moment every time I want to add an update, I duplicate the original latest news page, rename the copy and edit the original with the new information, then create a link and a screen grab for the archive page. Is there a better way of doing this?

Your Help Is Much Appreciated

Regards

Snapper


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Snapper,

There’s an action for RSS feeds.

http://www.softpress.com/products/rsscontent.php

Will that work for you?

~Katie

On Apr 28, 2009, at 12:29 PM, Snapper wrote:

I recently finished building my website, http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/

Now I don’t intend to make major changes to the website, but I would
like people to keep visiting every now and then so that they don’t
forget me. I have created a News Updates page where I intend to add
a picture of the month and some waffle about what ever might be
relevant at the time.

Latest News Update Page: http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/news.html
News Update Archive Page: http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/newsarchive.html

I was wondering how I could set a system to notify people that this
page has been updated?

I have seen RSS Feeds on other websites and didn’t know what I could
do in Freeway?

What problem will I face in setting this up?

Is it complicated?

At the moment every time I want to add an update, I duplicate the
original latest news page, rename the copy and edit the original
with the new information, then create a link and a screen grab for
the archive page. Is there a better way of doing this?

Your Help Is Much Appreciated

Regards

Snapper


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Hi Kate

Thanks for that… Wow those instructions are a bit intense

Not sure if that is what I am after. Firstly I would be looking to add some thing to an existing page, where as this says that I need to create a differnt page which has to be a xml page and I can’t have html on the News Update page.

The instruction are a bit intense and they don’t say what you are trying to achieve. so I couldn’t say if it is helpful.

Surely I am not trying to move content, I am purely trying to notify people a webpage has been updated.

It also is not very good if safari won’t work with it.


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Is there an known quicktime movies on the subject so that I can have a better understanding of what is happening without having to disrupt my website but uploading stuff I don’t understand.


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The instruction are a bit intense and they don’t say what you are
trying to achieve. so I couldn’t say if it is helpful.

Let me shed some light on what the ends to these instructions are for
you then :slight_smile:

These instructions will give you an RSS feed which will look something
like this:

http://www.softpress.com/movies/FreewayMoments.xml

RSS feeds can either be viewed in a browser, or added to a feed
reader. Most endusers of RSS feeds subscribe to feeds on sites they
want to follow. Their feed reader will then show them when the sites
they are following have updated, and show them the entry that the RSS
feed delivers.

This method may not be the one for your exact needs but it certainly
worth considering I think.

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Thanks for the speedy reply.

Hmm Not sure if that is what I was after? Never seen anything like that before.

If I am correct the RSS feed on an iWeb site just sends out a email notification.

or and I getting that all wrong?

If I am getting that wrong can you or anyone suggest how I setup an email notification system?


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can you or anyone suggest how I setup an email notification system?

There are services that will send an email but all the ones I know
(such as the one at Feedburner [http://feedburner.google.com]) are
based off that initial RSS feed. With Feedburner, you would point the
service to your RSS Feed, and it would give you a code to put on your
page so people could subscribe to the email notification. The email
would get sent automatically.

I think you are probably looking for something much simpler than that
though; it sounds like you’d be happier with something like a simple
newsletter-type set up. Unfortunately, I myself cannot think of one to
suggest right now. I’m sure somebody here will have an idea though!
I’ll let you know if anything comes to mind.

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Hi Snapper,
RSS is a pull technology rather than a push one. That is to say that
subscribers pull the content from the server - much like viewing a web
page. E-mail, on the other hand, is a push technology and you get
whatever you are sent.
I added a news section to the FreewayActions.com site a while ago and
rather than adding static content I opted for a simple content
management system that handles this part of the site for me.
The section (FreewayActions.com | Latest News) is run using a free
script called PHP News (http://www.hotscripts.com/listing/news-system-58363/
) which you install on the server and style to match the rest of your
site. Once installed you can then add content directly through your
web browser without having to worry about links or uploading new
pages. Another benefit is that PHP News automatically generates an RSS
feed from my content.
Setting up a system like this will take a bit of investment to get
right but should benefit you in the long run. It is also worth
checking if your ISP offers pre-installed systems like this that you
can make use of on your account without having to do the setting up
yourself.
Regards,
Tim.

On 28 Apr 2009, at 14:09, Snapper wrote:

Thanks for the speedy reply.

Hmm Not sure if that is what I was after? Never seen anything like
that before.

If I am correct the RSS feed on an iWeb site just sends out a email
notification.

or and I getting that all wrong?

If I am getting that wrong can you or anyone suggest how I setup an
email notification system?

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