Creating a Central Specific Feed for your weblog

A couple of people have asked me how to set up a separate RSS feed on their weblogs just for Macromedia Central. If you are using Moveable Type it is actually pretty simple.

  • Login to the Moveable Type admin.
  • Create a new Category in Movable Type. For this post, let’s assume you name it Central.
  • Create a new Template in Moveable Type
  • On the Templates page, click the “Add a new Index Template” link.
  • For Template Name and Output file, put central.rdf
  • Make sure the rebuild automatically check box is checked.
  • For the template body, add the following:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="<$MTPublishCharset$>"?><rdf:RDFxmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns##"xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"xmlns:sy="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/syndication/"xmlns:admin="http://webns.net/mvcb/"xmlns:cc="http://web.resource.org/cc/"xmlns="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/"><channel rdf:about="<$MTBlogURL$>"><title><$MTBlogName encode_xml="1"$></title><link><$MTBlogURL$></link><description><$MTBlogDescription encode_xml="1"$></description><dc:language>en-us</dc:language><dc:creator></dc:creator><dc:date><MTEntries lastn="1"><$MTEntryDate format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S" language="en"$><$MTBlogTimezone$></MTEntries></dc:date><admin:generatorAgent rdf:resource="http://www.movabletype.org/?v=<$MTVersion$>" /><MTBlogIfCCLicense><cc:license rdf:resource="<$MTBlogCCLicenseURL$>" /></MTBlogIfCCLicense><items><rdf:Seq><MTEntries lastn="15"><rdf:li rdf:resource="<$MTEntryPermalink encode_xml="1"$>" /></MTEntries></rdf:Seq></items></channel><MTEntries category="Central" lastn="15"><item rdf:about="<$MTEntryPermalink encode_xml="1"$>"><title><$MTEntryTitle encode_xml="1"$></title><link><$MTEntryPermalink encode_xml="1"$></link><description><$MTEntryExcerpt encode_xml="1"$></description><dc:subject><$MTEntryCategory encode_xml="1"$></dc:subject><dc:creator><$MTEntryAuthor encode_xml="1"$></dc:creator><dc:date><$MTEntryDate format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S" language="en"$><$MTBlogTimezone$></dc:date></item></MTEntries></rdf:RDF>

If you did not name your new category Central then you will need to put the category name in the following line:

>MTEntries category=”Central” lastn=”15″<

  • Now, when ever you publish a new item on your weblog in the Central category, it will be added to the feed.