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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Ok I know the answer to this one already! (Still one can ask)

But is it possible to have one's TP blog show up in an external (one's personal website) website? e.g. the content not the templates etc.

And what are the ramifications of duplicated entries? e.g. copying one's personal website blog and pasting it into one's TP blog? Both entries being the same? As in search engine problems, or other conflicts.

I think this came up on wp once before but I couldn't find the thread. It had something to do with a blogger who wanted to keep his wp readers and still run a the same blog through his website so he wouldn't have to create two duplicate blogs. Can't remember the specifics.

Anyway, just curious?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

There's no problems in terms of Travellerspoint conditions in any case (that was probably already clear, but to state the obvious :)). The only issue you could have is search engines might drop one of the two entries from their index. They'll try to figure out which one is the original one and remove the duplicate, but they have been known to make the wrong decision here They shouldn't drop an entire blog from their index just because of a few duplicate entries, but again, that's hard to predict exactly...

One thing you can do is show a small snippet of an entry on one and link back to the other. One of the best implementations I've seen of this recently is the implementation of jslabovitz. His Travellerspoint blog is at http://johnlabovitz.travellerspoint.com/. What isn't immediately clear from that is that he also has a personal website where he is actually aggregating snippets from each Travellerspoint entry (see roughly half way down on right). The reason I like this so much is he's also adding in a bit of self-made code to the TP blog post which then triggers a link to Google maps on his own website. Pretty smartly done! FYI, he'd be pulling in that data using the full XML feed (you can set this under Settings if you haven't already).

[ Edit: Fixed link. ]

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply Sam! Ok, so the search engine question is solved

What really hit me on the head there was this snippet of XML. Now that's an idea and a half that could save me a ton of duplicate work. Maybe.

If it involves CSS I am doomed

I trust TP with my blog more than I do myself and my free host

I was planning a site for a while. Outlying my whole trip. Using blog posts to create whole specific articles on my journey etc. The blog on my site would not really be a feature as I tend to write badly when on the road, rushed etc. But instead would form the core area for material.

When I have time I like to bring posts up to scratch and was thinking of converting some to articles for my site. Along with alot of other things that would be on the site.

Another point of the blog would be to keep the site somewhat live. Return visitors etc. Excerpts like jslabovitz has could be the solution for the site, at minimal effort. i.e. running two blogs.

I have just finished the website template (frames, sorry newbie when it comes to web design, and CSS sends my dyslexic head in a spin ) Ok, I better do some googling on XML feeds to see if I can do this or not.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting outcast

What really hit me on the head there was this snippet of XML. Now that's an idea and a half that could save me a ton of duplicate work. Maybe.

If it involves CSS I am doomed

It doesn't involve CSS, but it really depends on this host/site of yours how easy this is going to be. Basically, you need something that 'parses XML' (goes by many names, including for example 'feed parser'). If that is available on your site, then all you need to do is have it parse your Travellerspoint blog feed which in your case is http://feeds.feedburner.com/point2point. It'll do all the work and kick back your entries right there on the page.

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Sam,

I am building the site on Freehostia.com and will see how things work from there. If I need paid hosting then I will have to take that when the time comes or I can afford. In the meantime I am just trying to put things together. Blog was on the list after template. I'll ask them if they parse feeds or XML.

I saw from the link you gave me that spring widgets gives you something. I would prefer if it's didn't look like that, but went smoothly into the site. But, Would I be right in saying if the spring widget works on my site then the host is providing parse xml?

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting outcast

I saw from the link you gave me that spring widgets gives you something. I would prefer if it's didn't look like that, but went smoothly into the site. But, Would I be right in saying if the spring widget works on my site then the host is providing parse xml?

Nearly correct. That widget on springwidget is parsing your feed and then displaying it back within the widget (the little 'box' on the right there). The question then becomes if your host will let you put that widget on your blog :)

There are more widgets like this out there that can parse an xml feed. Not sure if there are ones out there that don't provide all that extra branding around it though...

7. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sam I Am

The question then becomes if your host will let you put that widget on your blog :)

After spending 3 hours fighting with spring widget to give me the code, currently their button to get it is not working. And then browsing 20+ sites trying to learn xml and php. I went back to Feedburner and found they offer something called Buzzboost which does just what you said!!

Then they started falling out of the net. Here's another http://www.virtualnewsfeed.com/feed/. Their's doesn't include the feedburner links. Though I think one can delete that from the code feedburner gives you. Am still playing through the feedburner options though.

i don't know if the free host I am using is aware or allows it. But it's working.

I notice that one needs to be careful how much text to allow through as the photo's linked into the blog show up as dead url links.

Anyway, It was exactly what I wanted! Big thumbs up!

I think I will go this route as it takes the headache out of running two blogs, and since I can barely run one... it answers that question too!

Thanks again for the help. A serious time saver and a major headache relief. I am more than happy to link to TP when the site is up properly. Just let me know.

EDIT: Actually I just got the photos showing through by enabling html on the feeds.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 12, 2008, at 9:15 AM by outcast ]

8. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Dave,

I don't suppose you're using Wordpress for your site? Because there's plugins you can use to pull in RSS feeds very easily.

Eric

9. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Eric,

Actually it was/is going to be Word Press. Unfortunately my coding skills are non existent!

Incorporating the WP blog into the template of the site was/is doing my head in. I finally found a template that I was able to adjust and customize a little. But I am still stuck with something as simple as putting my navigation bar onto the WP blog.

What I really like about the WP blog are the custom categories. It means I can write more 'babble' and then just shove it into a category that's not travel related. For example have have a site update category, or add an 'overland' category and still have them all linked. But as pure travel goes, I am very happy with TP.

What I am playing with is parsing the Point2Point TP blog on the site. Get the site up. And if things work out I can start on my coding skills. Which knowing me, might never happen