CMS Report - Keyword: aggregator

  • Google Panda Killed My Aggregation

    During the Memorial weekend, I decided to pull the plug on the CMS related news feeds we were streaming into Planet CMS. One of CMS Report's biggest strengths has always been pointing people toward the right direction in their search for content management systems. Knowing that one site couldn't support all the stories that needed to be written about CMSs, we began to rely more heavily on using a news aggregator within our Drupal CMS to provide you the links and excerpts to articles written elsewhere. I did this all with good intentions, but Google apparently disagrees.

    Google constantly changes their search and ranking algorithms intended in part to weed out sites that lacked original quality content. The algorithm, Google Panda, does this in part by penalizing sites that artificially raise their onsite content by using the content of others. Sites that aggregate content from other sites get hit pretty hard in Google's search rankings. I thought I was in the clear by only providing a short excerpt and not the full content of the article, but the drop in referrals over time from Google Search tells me otherwise.
    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: May 28, 2012

  • Pardon the Mess

    This Drupal site of mine has taken quite a bit of beating the past couple weeks.  While Mollom has been protecting this site well enough from the comment spammers, it isn't designed to prevent the bots from trying to ping me so much.  It has been an incredible experience to see the bots try to open every possible URL and directory here at  But probably the real stress on the site has been my testing of numerous contributed modules that are still under development.  Probably using…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: September 11, 2008

  • Content Is Becoming a Commodity

    Sarah Parez: Over the weekend, it seemed that everyone in the tech blogosphere contributed to the discussion around fractured blog comments; Robert Scoble even went so far as to say that the "era of blogger's control" is over. What all these discussions hinged on was whether or not a web service called Shyftr had the right to appropriate bloggers' RSS feeds and build their brand around our content (a practice they've now modified due to this outcry).Complete Story

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: April 14, 2008

  • BusinessWeek: Yahoo's Buzz

    Sure, Yahoo's new service is already driving almost as much traffic to outside Web articles as Digg does. But how does that help Yahoo? Complete Story

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: March 20, 2008

  • Development Seed: FeedAPI 1.0 Released

    I'm looking forward to evaluating the new FeedAPI module for Drupal. Though one feature I haven't seen in any of the aggregators I've seen so far for Drupal...a way to snip the original RSS feed. Some sites provide you the entire post in the RSS feed with no teaser. This may be great for the reader, but I'm not sure everyone is happy to see their entire post on someone else's site. From time to time, I've hacked the core to get me closer to how I would like the content from an RSS feed…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: February 07, 2008

  • Under the shadow of the news feed

    This post you are reading has been saved unpublished for a few days as I have feared it reads too much as a rant.  In this post, I'd like to discuss the difference between good and bad competition when it comes to similar "news sites" such as my own CMS Report.   I also want to touch on about how a CMS such as Drupal and Joomla brings both the good and the ugly online.  Unfortunately as with all technology, the modern CMS not only has been a blessing to sites dishing news for their writers and their users...but also a curse. 

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: August 06, 2007

  • XOOPS: Planet 2.01 is released

    " 'planet' is a comprehensive php version of XML feed planet that handles XML feed fetch, parse, display and achive for XOOPS, or: a flexible feed aggregator. It downloads news feeds published by web sites and aggregates their content together into a single combined feed, latest news first.planet 2.* is compatible with XOOPS 2.0* and 2.2*"Complete Story

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: September 18, 2006

  • Providing Original Content and News Feeds

    Given that this site, CMS Report, is less than six months old...I am truly amazed with the number of visitors the site receives in a day. While the number of visitors may be small compared to other well known sites, this is the first time I've had a site of my own that has drawn some attention. What a cool experience this has been!I was flattered to see Drupal blogger, Greg Knaddison, mention CMS Report in one of his posts. Mr. Knaddison could have chosen for discussion so many other Drupal…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: August 08, 2006

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