In order to provide Newstex with the best chance of properly receiving and delivering your content to clients, it's important that you follow the RSS 2.0 standards. 


For a full working example, see the ACI Blog Feed.

The XML header and Encoding

All feeds should be formatted using UTF-8 character encoding. You must declare your encoding style in the XML header in order to provide the best chance for us to decode your document:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

RSS Envelope

You must provide us with an RSS "Envelope" for each feed, which looks like the following:

<rss xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/" version="2.0"> <channel> <title>Newstex is Content On Demand</title> <link>http://www.newstex.com</link> <description>With Newstex, you get the next level of syndicated content -- full-text blog feeds, enhanced videos, news, Twitter Feeds and more.&#xD; &#xD; Traditional content aggregation isn’t enough anymore -- you need the supercharged information intelligence you can only get from Newstex. </description> <item> .... </item> .... </channel> </rss>

Story Elements (<item>)s

In order for Newstex to properly format your RSS feed, you must provide one or more <item> tags within your feed. These elements must come directly under the <channel> element, and contain at least the following tags:

  • <guid> This should be a unique ID for the story. This is used to allow for updates and prevent duplication
  • <pubDate> This is the date of publication, which appears on your story
  • <title> This is the title, or headline for your story
  • <description> This is the full-text and fully formatted text of your story. It should either be HTML escaped, or wrapped in a CDATA section.

You should also provide the following elements:

  • <link> A link back to your original story on your website.
  • <category> One or more Categories you wish to associate with this story.
  • <dc:creator> The name of the author who published this specific story. If specified, please be sure to declare the DC Namespace (xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/")

If you wish to provide both a short summary (or excerpt) and a full description, you may use the <description> tag as your summary, and add a <content:encoded> section as your full-text description. Please note that in order to provide a <content:encoded> section, you must first declare the content namespace in your RSS header:

<rss xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/" version="2.0">

Example

<item> <title>Do You Need a Mobile App?</title> <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Newstex/~3/TS5FFAOyIyM/</link> <pubDate>Tue, 10 May 2011 18:05:27 +0000</pubDate> <category><![CDATA[Blog Post]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Commentary]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Mobility]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Authoritative Content]]></category> <category><![CDATA[content syndication]]></category> <category><![CDATA[mobile apps]]></category> <category><![CDATA[mobile apps for publishers]]></category> <category><![CDATA[mobile syndication]]></category> <category><![CDATA[online syndication]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://newstex.com/?p=3189</guid> <description><![CDATA[The mobile device market is exploding and publishers and businesses are anxiously trying to learn how best to provide content to consumers via mobile devices, particularly smartphones and tablets. The recipe for success is far from being discovered, which means the doors are wide open for businesses and publishers of all sizes to stake their [...]]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="tweetmeme_button" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;">- <a href="http://api.tweetmeme.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newstex.com%2F2011%2F05%2F10%2Fdo-you-need-a-mobile-app%2F"><br />- <img src="http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newstex.com%2F2011%2F05%2F10%2Fdo-you-need-a-mobile-app%2F&amp;source=Newstex&amp;style=normal&amp;service=bit.ly&amp;b=2" height="61" width="50" /><br />- </a>- </div>- <p>The mobile device market is exploding and publishers and businesses are anxiously trying to learn how best to provide content to consumers via mobile devices, particularly smartphones and tablets. The recipe for success is far from being discovered, which means the doors are wide open for businesses and publishers of all sizes to stake their claims in the mobile space.</p>- <p>The question for both brands and content publishers is: Do you need a mobile app?</p>- <p>Unfortunately, there isn&#8217;t an easy answer to this question because an answer given today is most certainly going to be outdated and wrong a year from now. In fact, it might be wrong <em>tomorrow</em>. If you&#8217;re wondering if you should create a mobile app for your Authoritative Content, for your business, or for your brand, then the infographic shown below, which was developed by <a href="http://blog.buysellads.com/2011/05/the-app-option-does-your-business-need-one/">BuySellAds.com</a>, might be helpful to you. You can click on the image below to view the infographic at full size.</p>- <p><a href="http://newstex.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Mobile-apps-infographic.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3190" style="border: 1px solid black;" title="Mobile-apps-infographic" src="http://newstex.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Mobile-apps-infographic.png" alt="" width="574" height="1282" /></a></p>- <p>Bottom-line, your mobile app shouldn&#8217;t replace a great mobile website. In other words, don&#8217;t put the chicken before the egg. However, you need to understand how your audience wants to consume your content and engage with your brand. A mobile app can offer diverse ways for people to access the type of content they want and need. That&#8217;s where a mobile app can become a valuable part of your marketing strategy. It can integrate your content with mobile tools and become an integral part of your audience members&#8217; fast-paced, mobile-dependent lives.</p>- <p>What do you think? Do you need a mobile app? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.</p>- <div class="feedflare">- <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Newstex?a=TS5FFAOyIyM:DtBMwj1CnGU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Newstex?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a>- </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Newstex/~4/TS5FFAOyIyM" height="1" width="1"/>]]> </content:encoded> <item>