The first part of the process to add a new feed to Twitterfeed is standard and dead easy.
- Think of a name for the feed
It can be anything. It does not have to be the name the feed has internally, i.e. the <Title>. It could be 'qwgcbwd' for all Twitterfeed cares. But it must be unique for the set of feeds you may be entering. As this is the first feed you are entering it cannot other than be unique.
- Enter the Blog URL or RSS Feed URL
If you have your own blog or website, and have an RSS feed set up, then Twitterfeed can find it if you enter your site URL.
If you have an account at a free article site you can find your RSS feed by going to your profile page and clicking on that strange little orange button (as seen at the beginning of the Twitterfeed 'Blog URL.......' entry panel) that has RSS, Atom, or whatever next to it, or it may be a small oblong box with RSS inside it.
If you can't find it, go to the forum and ask 'a stupid question' or search for the answer to the question 'Where do I find my RSS feed?'.
Once you find it, click on it. Oh dear, what's all this code? Don't worry, it is just the feed being parsed. That is, checked that it works OK by your browser. All you are interested in is the URL that is displayed in the URL entry panel at the top of the screen. It will take many formats, different for each blog platform or article site, so I'm not going to give examples here. Just copy it to the clipboard (ctrl C will suffice). Now return to Twitterfeed and paste it into the entry section.
That is the entry phase complete.
Well almost. If you have followed the instructions above, the feed will be active, as it parsed OK. If, however, you are setting up this feed before you have made your RSS live, then uncheck the 'active' box.
Now, and always do this, test the RSS feed by clicking the 'test RSS feed' button. Why, because you will not always be setting up a feed exactly as above. It is better to know the feed works now, than find out later that you have wasted time expecting the feed to send tweets or whatever, and finding that it is not happening.
If it is OK then you will get a message saying:
Feed parsed OK
otherwise, you may get:
Your feed might be empty or missing publish dates or GUIDs. A feed needs to contain publish dates or GUIDs in order to work with twitterfeed, see help
In this case, first check that you have typed the URL correctly. Double check.
If it is correct, and it is your code, go and check the URL parses, by copying it to the URL entry bar at the top of the screen, and hitting the 'enter' key. This will return the code up to the point at which a failure occurs. Adjust the code and try again. Rinse and repeat.
If it is correct, and it is not your code, let the team at the place you got it from know. Wait for a good version to be returned.
Note the words in the failure notice. It mentions 'publish dates' and 'GUIDs'. These are of use to you in the next section.
DO NOT PRESS 'Continue to Step 2' YET