One of the best ways to ensure that people interested in your site are able to keep up to date with all of the latest additions that you make is to ensure that you provide an RSS feed. Depending on how your site is set up, it may be the case that an RSS feed is automatically generated for you – if your site is based on a WordPress blog for instance – but Feed Writer is a tool that is available if you need to manually create a feed or want greater control over the process.
The program can be used to create single feeds that will alert subscribers when new content is added to your site, but it can also be used to create feeds that have enclosures such as MP3 files if you would like to supply podcasts or similar. You have the option of creating RSS 0.9x, RSS 2.0 or Atom feeds, meaning that Fee Writer is a very flexible tool and it’s easy enough to use that it is not going to be overwhelming for novice users.
You are guided through every step of the feed creation process so there is never any room for confusion, and there are detailed tutorials available that will provide you with all of the information you need to create the various types of feed. Of course, there is nothing to stop you from creating RSS feeds from scratch or tweaking them by editing XML files, but this greatly increases the risk of making mistakes and is a daunting task for anyone unfamiliar with it.
The latest version of the app includes a feed publishing wizard that can be used to automatically generate the HTML code needed to integrate the feeds you create into an existing HTML page. This is perfect of you already have a site up and running and want to be able to bolt on RSS feeds without having to redesign the whole site from scratch.