Full Content Feeds and Hotlink Protection

Due to an overwhelming response of one to zero, MacManX.com’s RSS and Atom feeds are now presented in full XML glory with a little bit of added copyright protection spice from Angsuman’s Feed Copyrighter Plugin. As these new full content feeds will allow my content to be “re-blogged” by certain content-stealing sites, I have taken a more robust approach to hotlink protection. All approved domains will be able to display images from my feed and follow links to my media files, but all other will simply display broken images and trigger 403 (Access Denied) errors when attempting to link to my media files. Regular news aggregators are not affected by this, but online news aggregators are. The current approved domains are MacManX.com (of course), bloglines.com, newsgator.com, and rojo.com. If you are reading this post in your news aggregator and cannot view the image below, please contact me via the comments section or email, and I will attempt to approve your aggregator. Thank you, and enjoy the full content feeds.

4 thoughts on “Full Content Feeds and Hotlink Protection

  1. Well, I WOULD’VE responded, except that I still haven’t taken to RSS yet.

    When I read your post yesterday, I downloaded two RSS readers, but is this how most people get their RSS feeds? From dedicated RSS readers?

    It seems cumbersome, having to open a separate program. Why not just open your browser and hit “Open All Tabs” in a bookmark folder?

    Or do people depend on services like Bloglines? I haven’t tried that yet.

  2. Believe me, using RSS to subscribe to all of your regular blog and news reads will make your life a whole lot easier. ^_^

    From what I have seen, it still seems that the dedicated RSS reader is the most popular form of aggregator. If you choose to go this route, I highly recommend RSSOwl.

    The next form of aggregator is the web-based RSS reader. If you choose to go this route, I highly recommend either Bloglines or NewsGator. I personally prefer this form of aggregator, because the web-based access allows me to keep my feeds organized and stay in sync between home and work without having to manage two separate readers.

    And, finally, the least popular form of aggregator (according to my stats) is the browser-integrated RSS reader. If you use Safari v2, you can bookmark an RSS feed and add it to your bookmarks bar. The number of new posts will be collected at a user-set interval and displayed next to the bookmark. If you want to monitor more than one feed, open all of them in tabs, bookmark the tab set, and add that to your bookmarks bar. The number of new posts in the tab set will be collected at a user-set interval and displayed next to the bookmark. If you use Firefox, you can subscribe to feeds using “Live Bookmarks” just like you would have with Safari, or use one of the few extensions available to add integrated RSS support. If you choose to go this route, I highly recommend either Sage or Lektora.

    I hope that helps! Please let me know if you need any more information. ^_^

  3. Thanks for going full feeds James – I am subscribed to many blogs and read them all through my RSS reader – this makes the reading of your blog far easier (for me, at least!).

    Cheers,

    Tom

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