Friday, November 25, 2005

How to Activate The Firefox Live Bookmark Feature on Your Site

Live Bookmark is Mozilla’s response to offering RSS feeds through their browsers and Firefox in particular. Using this technology, it’s possible for any visitor to your website to add your RSS feed in only two or three steps. Browsing the RSS feeds you subscribe to is as easy as looking up a bookmark. Instead of seeing a bookmark though, you get a list of all the headlines found on the RSS feed you just subscribed to. This feature is really cool.

How to Activate the Live Bookmark Icon

So how do you active the live bookmark icon on a Mozilla based browser? Simple, you include the following line of text in the header of the page where you want the icon to appear:

< link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="http://screamerfeeds.com/feed/" >

Understanding the different parts of the statement

The first parameter specifies that we are mentioning a forward link to an alternate page for content. In this case, the alternate page is the RSS feed. The second parameter ‘type=”application/rss+xml’ is stating that the link is to an RSS feed resource. The third parameter is ‘title=”RSS 2.0? and it is the text that will appear when someone clicks on the Live Bookmark Icon. In this example it would display “RSS 2.0? but you could specify “Subscribe to this RSS Feed” or whatever you wanted. The third and final parameter is the href=”http://screamerfeeds.com/feed/”. This is the link or URL to the actual feed that the visitor will subscribe to.

The whole process is fairly simple once you understand the basics. You can literally make your RSS feed accessible via Live Bookmark to any of your visitors in just a few minutes. The rest is up to you.

Joe Duchesne is the webmaster of ScreamerFeeds.com which is dedicated to educating webmasters on the virtues of RSS Feeds. Reprint Freely as long as you keep the keyword rich link live.

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