RSS Blog


I am a newbie to Typo, and have a one-year experience with Ruby and
Rails. I have a quick question:

Would it be very hard for me to set up a blog that has posts that are
actually an aggregation of RSS feeds?

My idea is to set up blogs for me and a couple of friends, but have
one “master blog” that would aggregate posts from all our blogs and
show them ordered by date and with links pointing to the actual
individual blogs, archives aggregating individual blog’s archives, and
the like.

I hope I could make myself clear.

I am thinking that the best way to do that would be to install one
typo instance for each one of us, and one more for the master blog
thing, in which I’d have to install a plug-in written by myself that
accomplished said tasks.

Is this the right way to go about doing this? And should this be too
hard to do, being that I am not the best Rails developer around? :slight_smile:

Thanks for any feedback you can give me.


I have a sidebar plugin that actually does something similar. I gave
up on it after there was too much a performance hit to the blog to
have it running, but I can email the code if you want

Even if not, look into Feedtools. It hooks into rails nicely.


This seems nice, I will definitely take a look at Feedtools (although
it seems to be abandoned).

But after getting all the RSS feeds (which I think I could even
aggregate and order using some online tool like Yahoo Pipes or
something), is it possible to show them as actual blog posts, using
the teams, showing archives, and all that?

Thanks for your help,

Yeah, I noticed that after I sent the email. I mean to send him an
email and tell him that I’ll look take up the project if he can’t
find any other takers. It has some nice features that no other rss/
atom parser has.


Actually, maybe I’m introducing this question in the wrong way…

My plan is to have an installation of Typo that presents all the posts
from other Typo instances. It’s posts would be those of the other
instances, it’s archives would be made of posts from the other
instances, and so on.

One of the ideas I had to implement such a thing was to aggregate all
the other blogs’ RSS feeds and order them by date. But maybe writing a
plugin that actually accesses the other instances in a more direct way
is even easier. I don’t know how easy it would be to use ActiveRecrod
and Typo’s model classes to access different databases, though.

What do you think?

By the way, Matt, thanks for your help and good luck on taking up
Feedtools, it seems like a nice project.