Easier Date Extraction & Access Blocked Websites

Big improvements are coming soon as part of our revamp. Here are two enhancements available now:

Extract Dates More Easily

Our Visual Selector tool has been improved to allow extraction of dates, besides titles, summaries and images (within titles or summaries). Dates can be in relative form (e.g. 19 hours ago) or absolute form (e.g. 29th July 2015). Dates in various such formats are ‘automagically’ parsed and included in webpage feeds. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Access Blocked Websites

Some websites may block access to their webpages from scrapers, bots or other external services, due to which feeds can’t be created for such websites or existing feeds can suddenly stop working. Now, website blocks can be bypassed using our rotating proxy feature. With this feature, webpage requests are routed through a reliable yet random intermediary node, which helps provide extra anonymity. Rotating proxy feature is available in the Corporate plan and we’ll soon introduce it for Business plan customers too.

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Secure Feeds for a Secure Web

Our website and all feeds originating from our gateway are now SSL encrypted and delivered over HTTPS. It will make client-server communication more secure, and also improve content reach with a higher placement now that Google considers HTTPS as a ranking signal.

All Corporate accounts (hosted separately) are now HTTPS as well, except for those that have the domain alias feature activated, making their feeds mask under their own domain or sub-domain name (e.g. http://feeds.yourdomain.com).

We realize that not all external systems and services are SSL compatible yet, and hence they can’t accept HTTPS feeds. Ironically, and disappointingly, Google FeedBurner is one such major service. So, for now we have enabled both HTTP and HTTPS (by default) for all feeds. You can choose which one to use depending on the consumer capability.

The New & Improved Feed Builder

Visual Selector - Create Feeds

We’re excited to launch the new and improved Feed Builder. Now you can create custom feeds even quicker and more accurately.

As part of the improvements, the new Visual Selector tool provides an easy way to select titles and summaries from webpages, with a unique ‘point & click’ interface. Watch the video to take a quick tour:

The Advanced Refinement mode allows for a more granular extraction of content from webpages. It supports powerful pattern matching using Regular Expressions (RegEx).

Try out the new Feed Builder to create feeds for tracking webpage updates, reading news, Media Monitoring, Market Intelligence, Competitive Intelligence and more.

Drop us a message if you have any suggestions or questions. We’ll appreciate your feedback.

Extract Images in Feeds

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).

Extract images in RSS feeds with Feedity

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.

Extract Item Descriptions

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.

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You can also checkout a lot of cool and popular RSS feeds we have hand-picked in our Featured Feeds section.