Optimizing Your RSS Feed For Importing Into Your Hub

RSS feeds can be tricky. Depending on how they're set up, they can often display your content very differently in your Hub. This post will outline the changes you can make to your blog RSS feed so that it optimally pulls your blog content into your Hub.

Note: If you have a WordPress RSS feed, you can find more detailed steps for optimizing your WordPress RSS feed here.

RSS feeds are to Uberflip like channels are to TVs. Regardless of what content "airs", they have to be set up properly if you want your audience to have the best possible experience. 

Here’s a short list of changes to make to ensure that your RSS feeds are perfectly pulled into your Hub. This article provides a general overview of the changes that can be made to your RSS feed; for any questions, please contact support@uberflip.com.

Note: before making any changes to your RSS feed, it is important to consider whether the changes will impact any other programs, tools or activities that depend on your RSS feed.

There are three easy things that you will want to ensure are included or updated in your RSS feed:

  1. Increasing the number of posts included in your RSS feed
  2. Include the full content of posts in the feed
  3. Ensure your images are included in the RSS feed 

Step 1 - Increase the Number of Included Posts

By default, most RSS feeds will only include your latest 10 or 50 posts. You will want to set the RSS feed limit to a really high number (more than the total number of posts/articles on your blog). This will ensure we pull as much of your blog content into the Hub as possible. Once the feed is imported, you can reduce that number back to the original number of posts. When new articles are imported into your Hub, it will continue to grow your number of articles. Ie. the Hub will not "kick out" the oldest post in your Hub when you publish a new one.

Note: the Uberflip platform limits your initial import to 50 items. If you would like to import more than 50 items, please contact your Customer Success team or our Support team.

Step 2 - Include Full Posts in Your RSS Feed

Make sure your article’s entire content is added to the RSS feed – not just excerpts/descriptions/summaries which are usually just a few sentences. The full content of the article (including images, more on that below) should be included within the HTML <content:encoded> tag present in the RSS version of the article.

Step 3 - Ensure Images Are Included in the RSS Feed 

Another element to consider before connecting an RSS feed with Uberflip is your blog article images. Blog Streams acquire the Item's images from the HTML <img> tags present in the RSS version of the article. In order for all images to display within your Hub, please ensure that the HTML code specifies width and height for each image. Otherwise, none of them will be converted.

Sample HTML image code including size:

<img src=”IMAGE URL” alt=”IMAGE DESCRIPTION” height=”650″ width=”200″>

Click here to learn more about ensuring that your images are properly formatted in your RSS feed.

If you use "Featured Images" for your articles (these could be used on the summary page of all of your articles as a thumbnail or above the article), please ensure these images are also included in the RSS feed.

 

That's it! Your RSS feed is ready to be imported into your Hub. Have questions or comments? Don't hesitate to contact our Support Team at support@uberflip.com or 1 (888) 694-2946.

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