View Full Version : Forum SEO and RSS questions

05-24-2008, 07:49 PM
I have two questions regarding forums.

1: I have noticed on some forums, you may subscribe to an rss/xml feed, like so: http://www.codingforums.com/external.php?type=rss. My question is this: How is that updated? I'm assuming that it is updated with php every time a new thread is created, but I just wanted to make sure.

2: I am creating my own forum engine, and an admin can choose specific requirements to view a category/thread/etc. Let's say that you had to be logged in to view a category. Would a search engine index the threads in that category? Or would the links not show up because the search engine wasn't "logged in". And then if the thread had no requirements, would the search engine still be able to access it (it would still run through the if-thens)? I have also seen forums where search engines were represented as a usergroup, and then you could give that usergroup access to the threads. So how would you detect that the 'user' is a SE?

Reading over what I just read it seems that these may be simple questions but I'll ask anyway.


05-25-2008, 03:40 PM
Hmm. Wouldn't that search-engine usergroup rely on the HTTP User Agent string, which can be faked? Also, if you had to be logged in to view a page, couldn't you search the post in Google and use its cache?

05-25-2008, 08:25 PM
RSS threads can be either updated on an event that modifies the data (such as creating a new thread) or if that happens too often, it can be done as a cron job (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cron_job). So it is updated a specific time interval regardless.