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.

Please subscribe to our blog feed or follow us on Twitter for future announcements and other service updates.

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

Feed Deleted, Purged, or Disabled

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.

Get More With The Revamped Service Plans

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.