As some of you may remember several years back I was working on the new feed format for podcasting call the ‘CastFeed’, but I’ve since given up on that idea (actually I have a better idea now – no feed).
Anyway I’ve circled back around to the CastFeedValidator and given it a new coat of paint and made it basically a podcast feed validator. It makes a quick pass to see if the RSS Feed validates then goes ahead and tries to see if I can brute force it into displaying the information it contains. I’m planning on working out some type of rating system to help people refine their feed. For example I would give them bonus points for having a square feed image and more points if it’s 1400 x 1400 which is the size that iTunes currently likes.
It seems that creating a valid feed is more and more important now that there are more and more programs needing to read these feeds. We no longer live in a world where it’s only iTunes looking at these RSS feeds. Each podcast client has to parse these feeds and make sense out of them. Also the data contained within them is getting more exposure as well. Many podcast feeds are pretty sparse with their data. Having a way to take a quick look at what is in there let’s people see how they look to the rest of the world.
I’ve developed a tool to validate podcast feeds and I’m looking for a podcast feed that actually validates to use as an example on the site. I’m having some difficulty finding one. Also I’d like to find a feed that really takes advantage of all the data fields as well. If you know of a podcast feed that does validate please let me know. You can test feeds out with my tool at CastFeedValidator.com.
I had the opportunity to help out with WordCamp LAX 2013 this year. I helped out by organizing the Happiness Bar (which is like the Genius Bar at an Apple Store) where we answer questions about WordPress. Continue reading
By now there must be thousands of bootstrap themes available, however you might not always know if that cool looking new responsive is based on bootstrap. From my observation lately about half the one I run across are based on bootstrap.
Here are some that are available just to get you started.
|metro-bootstrap from talkslab based on . Simple bootstrap from Twitter with Metro style.
|Bootswatch A great collection of free bootstrap themes.
Metro style web framework
Color Scheme Designer has a beautiful interface that helps you create beautiful color schemes in seconds. colorblind simulation is built in so you can ensure usability will be optimized for all users.
Subtle patterns is a site where you can find wonderful free patterns to use as web backgrounds.
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