We are glad to announce the new much-requested image extraction feature.
Plus and Business plan users can now extract images for each item from the source webpage and include them in the feed.
For image extraction to work, the image (<img> tags) must be near (before or after) the item title or description, and within the specified title or description refinement blocks (see screenshot below).
We have also released a bunch of general improvements and bug fixes to address some minor issues in the past few weeks.
Drop us a message if you need any help with creating or refining a feed.
Back in February 2009, we asked our users and blog readers what new features would they like to see in Feedity. The responses were insightful for us to evaluate the course of value addition for our service users.
The most requested feature was to ‘Extract Feed Item Description’ — the ability to extract description text for each of the news/data items on a webpage. We take pleasure in announcing that after a few weeks of private beta usage, we have released this new feature for our Plus, Business and Corporate plan users. This new feature will allow users to build custom RSS feeds with full summary (of up-to 500 characters for now).
This also makes Feedity the only service to offer a complete RSS feed structure in essence, including the item titles, hyperlinks, descriptions (summary) and publication dates.
Under the hood, we have also fixed a few bugs and improved the performance of the Feedity parser engine.
You can also checkout a lot of cool and popular RSS feeds we have hand-picked in our Featured Feeds section.
Some of our users have reported that they received the following message in their feeds:
This RSS feed may have been deleted, purged, or disabled. Please visit Feedity.com to rebuild this feed, or to create more custom RSS feeds.
This message is relayed by our RSS generator when the requested feed is not found on our system. The most common reason for it is that the RSS feed was purged due to inactivity. All free feeds belonging to users without an account (free or paid) are automatically purged from our system after 30 days of inactivity.
However, upon further investigation we have found that for some users without an account, their active free feeds were also purged due to a glitch with our service. We have fixed this issue. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.
It is highly recommended for all service users without an account to create a free account to start with, and create their feeds under their account. It only takes a few seconds, and creating a free account provides several benefits like: ability to save your feed for refining it later, getting more frequent feed updates, and building more feeds.
As a segmentation exercise, we have revamped our service plans for a wider variety of options for our users. A complete comparison of the updated service plans can be reviewed on our website.
Here’s a brief summary of the changes:
- The Premium plan has been renamed to Starter, and includes a basic set of features (same as before).
- The Pro plan has been renamed to Business, and includes an advanced set of features (same as before).
- A new Plus plan has been introduced to satisfy the mid-range requirements.
- We have also been offering a high-demand custom solution (Corporate plan) for RSS publishing (and consumption) to a few organizations. This plan is also publicly available now. It includes managed isolated hosting, and provides better performance, stability, and scalability.
- The Free plan remains as is.
The new service plans apply to all signups, upgrades, and renewals. Please contact us if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.
We hope that the flexibility of our service plans would allow everyone to explore and gain from RSS publishing.
We have released an update with two new features this month: Podcast Feeds and Broken Feed Notifications. We received several requests for these features from Feedity users, so enjoy our feature-rich service for data syndication and information/news delivery.
Podcast feeds are automatically created (like regular feeds) based on the source webpage content (i.e. if it contains direct hyperlinks to valid media files). This will make podcast publishing as easy as dropping your media files in a public folder, and Feedity will take care of the rest. Supported file formats include m4a, mp3, mov, mp4, m4v, and pdf. The podcast feeds with media enclosures comply with the Apple iTunes specification, but we do not include any iTunes specific RSS tags for now.
The Broken Feed Notifications feature will allow Feedity users to be instantly notified by email if any one of their RSS feeds stops picking up feed items from the source webpage. An early detection is critical for optimum delivery. It can assist users in correcting the issue sooner than later, by editing and refining the feed. This feature is available as a global setting on the ‘My Profile’ page for our Premium and Pro plan users.
If you find Feedity useful (for personal subscriptions, or your business applications), then please consider upgrading you account. Our service plans start as low as $3.25 per month, which is nearly about the price of a cup of coffee!