RSS is an XML feed, so to generate a valid RSS programmatically, you need to understand the RSS 2.0 Specification.
Lets first see how a RSS XML is structured.
The XML consists of two set of sections.
The purpose of
Channel element is to define the overall website information. so, the following elements
title- Title of your website. REQUIRED.
link- Link to the posts. REQUIRED.
description- A HTML content of the page. If the page has the HTML content, wrap it within
<![CDATA[your html content]]>REQUIRED.
pubDate- Publication date for the post in
There are also other elements like
generator and others but
they are optional. Pick as you see it fit.
Here again elements like
link are REQUIRED.
Item provides the information about the individual posts that goes into the website. So, we need to
item per posts that our website contains. There is no limit to the number of
Once you publish a new blog post, you need to update both
sitemap.xml and your
Next add the reference to the rss on the index page -
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" href="https://example.org/rss.xml" title="Example site">.
Once you generate the RSS, you can validate it using Feed Validator, W3C Feed Validation or any other relevant RSS validators.
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