New Features All Over The Place!

2009-08-21 | Category: General (47), Features (19)

We had quite a few updates lately. They contained a lot of enhancements and new features for you:

Copy Your RSSboxes And Save Time

Premium users can copy their own RSSboxes now by clicking the "Duplicate" link in "My RSSboxes". This helps a lot when creating several boxes in the same design and layout. This feature saves premium users a lot of time!

Arrange Item Elements in Naked HTML Box

Premium users frequently told us their need to set the exact order and visibility of the feed elements (item title, item description, item date) shown in their "Naked HTML" box. No more waiting! We have enhanced the box according to your wishes. Just have a look at the "Content and Styling Options" in your "Naked HTML" box administration.

Faster Updating Of Feed Contents

Furthermore, we adjusted the way our caching mechanism works to ensure the best possible service for premium users. The RSSboxes of premium users are now updated faster than those of free users. Premium users can even update their feeds manually now when they are logged in at their account.

User-Friendly Box Management

For our heavy users we have enhanced the box overview which you find on the "My RSSboxes" page. We have implemented a search and filter form. Additionally, you can browse your boxes by using the paging feature.

Feed Backlink

Another new feature concerns all users: Everybody can use the option "Box Title Links Back to RSS Feed" now. If the option is checked the title of the box links back to the feed url which is specified in the feed XML itself.


Do you want to use all features of RSSinclude.com? If yes, please upgrade here.

Feed Updates Way Faster For Premium Users

2009-08-18 | Category: General (47), Features (19)

Since we have implemented a new kind of feed updating mechanism using distributed servers the average feed updating time has become much shorter for premium users. We strive for a shorter caching time for our premium users as this is what most of them look for. Here are some recent key figures:

Premium feeds are updated every 30 min at the moment. So the average feed age of premium feeds is about 15 min.

Free users feeds are updated every 90 min at the moment. The average feed age of free feeds is fluctuating around 40-45 min.

Radio Station Uses Content From About.com

2009-08-17 | Category: Case Studies (5), Feeds we like (3)

We love to see how our service is used out there. Have a look at the website http://www.kprs.com for example and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There you can find three RSSboxes.

The Kansas City radio station KPRS uses RSSinclude.com to provide current topics concerning R&B/Soul music and DVDs. Content from About.com is dragged to the KPRS website via RSSinclude.com. Which is quite a good idea! Because About.com is known for having fresh content with high quality.

About.com has lots of different topic categories. So if you are looking for fresh content for your website just try it... We did so too and included the feed concerning the topic "Radio" in this blog:


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College Radio Station Raises Funds with Genitals

05/28/14 10:53 am

Here's an amusing story out of San Luis Obispo, home of California Polytechnic State University and that institution's non-profit, student-run radio station.

According to calcoastnews.com two hosts on KCPR-FM promised pics of their genitals and rectums to people who pledged $20 dollars during their April fundraiser. It had to be cash, by the way.

The hosts had a show called Getting It In which covered various sexual topics. I'm sure you won't be too surprised that the hosts were pulled, the show is gone, and nobody in any department at the University seems to want to comment on it.

KCPR-FM is available locally at 91.3 and through the Internet by visiting the listen page.

rssinclude.com down due to DDoS attack

2009-08-11 | Category: General (47)

The rssinclude.com website was down most of the time during about 6 hours today. The delivery of RSSboxes was also affected in some periods within this timeframe.

Since we assumed at first that this downtime could be self-induced and a follow-up bug of yesterdays update we started to search the problem on the wrong end.

Soon it became clear that our system was under an on-going Distributed Denial of Service attack that grounded our service. This has been a planned attack and we are working hard to fully resolve this issue.

Right now all systems are back up to normal operation.

I want to apologize for what is a critical failure in our service to you and your clients.

Adi
on behalf of the rssinclude.com team

Mixed up contents of RSSboxes - some background information

2009-08-10 | Category: General (47)

Due to the rising number of users on rssinclude.com we had to think over the feed update strategy during the last weeks. As a result we updated our system today to crawl the feeds through a small cluster of distributed servers.

Unfortunately a minor programming error had a major impact on one of these crawling servers which was setup with a slightly different system configuration. This server started to return wrong content for the feeds it was responsible for.

The problem was solved within a few hours and only a small amount of RSSboxes were hit by this bug at all.

We apologize deeply for any troubles this may have caused on our users websites!

[Update: I didn't know it at this time, but the nightmare was just about to start! Read more on the next blog post.]

Twitter down due to DDoS attacks

2009-08-06 | Category: General (47)

If your Twitter box is empty please do not despair.
Twitter is down due to DDoS attacks.
Please look at http://status.twitter.com/ for details.
As Twitter is about to solve the problem your box will soon be filled with content again, we're sure.