work911's picture
I need to display available pubs in the management/exec section (and from a few others, also), but your rss feed is so out of date and/or incomplete it's embarrasing to use it. So, what is the best way to automate showing JUST titles and links to the desc. pages? I've probably asked something similar and the answer is almost always to use xml, but I can't remember, and I'm not spending the next 30 minutes searching around here.
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Karen's picture

Hi Work911,

You are correct. You asked something similar in the past on this thread. You're also correct that XML is the answer.

Basically, like we mentioned in the previous thread with you, you can use our XML catalog to present the offers based on their release date in descending order. This would allow you to display the most recent (and available) pubs on your site in a simple way.

With XML, you can sort by the publish date, the industry, and a variety of other qualities. Parse the date by your chosen criteria and then be sure to refresh the feed on a regular basis. This will ensure that you are displaying the most relative and recent pubs to your users.

On a side note, you mentioned our RSS feeds. Those were originally created as a TradePub user tool and not as a partner tool. In that capacity we know they aren't perfect for what it is that you're trying to do. We are looking in to updating them more regularly so that some day they may be the tool you're looking for. That said, the XML catalog should provide you with everything you need for what you're currently looking to do.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

work911's picture

My problem is I'm working on so many things, and once I move on, I forget where I'm at.

Here's what I need (I'm guessing a javascript or something similar)

I need to display the names of selected publications (clickable links), chosen on the basis of category, and/or keywords, or some other criteria (I'm not sure yet).

That's all, really. If your rss feeds worked properly that would have done me ok.

I'm creating a rather unorthodox promotional "thing" (a little late for the contest), and I'd rather automate it if possible.

Any thoughts or help from anyone appreciated.

Karen's picture

Hi Work911,
To help you out with your "promotional thing" our CTO, Jay, has contacted you via email. He's looking forward to working with you to help you with your idea.

work911's picture

I don't believe I received anything, but here's what I need to do. In fact, it's pretty much identical to what the rss feeds should do if you were updating them, which is a bit ironic.

I need to be able to display current offers within a category and have the links clickable. That's it. Your rss feeds work perfectly in the arrangement I want, but since they are not uptodate, I need an alternative.

That's it. It's fairly simple. So how do I use the xml to to this?

weblord's picture

i think i need that one as well too, to be able to submit google sitemap to webmaster's central it's a needed functionality, Karen, I hope you will enable that functionality, take a look at my thread on the admin forum.

Karen's picture

Hi William,
As you see in my answer to Work911, unfortunately our RSS feeds were never created to be a partner tool. Like I said, we are hoping to improve them so that they can provide what you're looking for.

That said, our XML catalog really is the best solution for creating offers and links that match a variety of criteria for your audience and update dynamically upon your call.

Nexus's picture

The RSS feeds now have more publications listed that the current XML feed.

What's up with that?

Karen's picture

Hi Nexus,

We have chosen to provide both an XML feed and an RSS feed for our partners so that they can choose the feed they are more comfortable leveraging within their promotions. If you want to get all available subscriptions in one feed, you will want to opt for the XML feed. The RSS only has the latest batch of offers while the XML will always have everything.