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This is a test post for the new RSS feed. I’ve decided to generate the RSS feed when posting a new item, rather than each time the RSS feed is hit. I’ve done this for a couple of reasons:

  • Reduces the load on the server: the RSS feed is probably automatically hit by feed readers more often than the front page, therefore it makes sense to generate it statically.
  • It is recognised as an XML file by browsers. As I can’t send the ASP file as an XML document (I don’t have control of the server), browsers just saw a load of gobbledegook when a user tried to load the RSS feed. Now it has an XSL transformed applied to it by browsers that explains what an RSS feed is and how to use one. I think this provides a better user experience.

Hopefully this post will work!