[Web4lib] Changing address of RSS news feed

Ken Varnum Ken.Varnum at tufts.edu
Mon Nov 13 10:13:55 EST 2006

I've gone through this on my blog, RSS4Lib, which I moved to its own  
eponymous URL from a shared server...

I took several steps.  First I announced it on the old blog, several  
times.  I changed all the links in the old blog templates to the new  
blog's RSS feeds -- so the links to "syndicate" on the web site as  
well as the <link rel = "alternate" ... > in the page headers pointed  
to the new RSS feed.

Bloglines, where the majority of my aggregator subscribers are, has a  
nice feature that lets you claim a blog as your own (by putting text  
they provide in both the blog and the feed).  Once you've claimed two  
blogs as your own, you can call the out-of-date one a duplicate of  
the current one, and Bloglines will move all the subscribers from the  
old feed to the new one.  I don't know if other web-based aggregators  
have a similar publisher tool, but it was fairly painless.


Ken Varnum
  Associate Librarian & IT Manager
  Edwin Ginn Library, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
  Tel: 617 627 3826        Fax: 617 627 3736

On Nov 9, 2006, at 6:36 PM, Jean Graef wrote:

> I would like to change the URL of our RSS news feeds. How can I  
> announce the change in such a way that existing subscribers will be  
> notified? I don't even know how to identify existing subscribers!
> Jean
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> Jean Graef
> The Montague Institute
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