If you’ve ever looked at the source of my RSS feed you’ll have noticed that it differs from the provided by Movable Type. This is because I have spent some time – perhaps too much time – customising it. And now I’m releasing it to anyone who would like to use it in their MT installs.
Here’s the file you need to use. In MT, just overwrite the default RSS 2.0 template with that one and you’re away, it shouldn’t require much customisation.
Here’s a list of features that this feed offers over the default one:
- Inclusion of Creative Commons metadata
The feed will contain a link to the Creative Commons license that you have used (if you have one). This should avoid problems like this.
- Comments link and count
The feed adds a link to the comments area of your site, which is understood by Bloglines as well as several aggregators, SharpReader and FeedDemon included. Furthermore, in SharpReader the number of comments received so far will also be shown.
- Both summaries and full content included
Users of more advanced aggregators will be able to choose between full content and a brief summary (either the first 20 characters of the post or whatever is in the Excerpt field). It won’t, however, include the contents of the Extended Entry field but it will add a ‘Continue reading’ link at the end of the post.
- Includes trackback metadata
The feed will include the ping URL for your entries, as well as the ping URLs of other entries that you have pinged in an entry (if that makes sense).
The feed does not require any special plugins but is best used on Movable Type 3.0D or higher. It should also validate, too.