Frequently Asked Questions

What is this? Another aggregator?
What blogs do you aggregate?
I'm aggregated and proud - can I show off with some fancy button?
Can you add my blog?
Is there a ping service?
Can I control how many items are shown per page?
Where is the source?
What are the RSS options?

What is this? Another aggregator?
Yes, this is another aggregator. But I'm not trying to compete with the very well done MXNA, Full As a Goog, or Feed Squirrel. I built this site as just a way to play with some nice ColdFusion 8 technology. I wanted to see how quickly, and how simply I could build an aggregator and frankly, I was surprised. This site is mainly (ignoring HTML) 2 CFCs, a front page, and a processing page. That's all!

If you like this site and want to use it, great, but do remember that my main intent was to showcase ColdFusion 8, not create another aggregator.

Updated October 2008. Well, obviously the above isn't so true anymore. I have now spent quite a bit of time tweaking and updating this 'demo' and I truly think it is a good aggregator. I hope folks like it because it's not going anywhere soon!

What blogs do you aggregate?
I added every ColdFusion blog from the OPML feed at MXNA. You can see a list on the Feeds page. There is also an OPML feed.

I'm aggregated and proud - can I show off with some fancy button?
Yes! Kyle Hayes has created two buttons. Please link back to http://www.coldfusionbloggers.org.

Can you add my blog?
I wrote this application very quickly. Right now it doesn't even have an admin. I can add your blog if you send me an email. Use the contact page on my blog. I will remind folks though - this was meant as a proof of concept, so I may not rush to add your blog.

Is there a ping service?
Yes. To ping this site, first figure out the exact URL we have on record for your blog. You can find this on the Feeds page. Then simply set your blog software to ping:

http://www.coldfusionbloggers.org/ping.cfm?burl=YOURURL

If it worked correctly, you will get an "Ok" response.

Can I control how many items are shown per page?

If you add a perpage=X to the URL, where X is a number from 1 to 100, you can set how many items the site will show per page. This value is stored in a cookie so you only need to do it once.

Where is the source?
You can download the source here. If you use this source, please consider visiting my wish list. How many of you out there were waiting for the first mention of the wish list? Well, there it is. Wish list (sorry, one last time)

What are the RSS options?
ColdFusionBloggers.org uses FeedBurner for the main RSS feed. You can find it here: http://feedproxy.google.com/ColdfusionbloggersorgFeed. However, you can also use the local feed at http://www.coldfusionbloggers.org/rss.cfm. This allows for options:

By default the RSS page will return the last 10 items. You can change this by adding ?max=N to the URL, where N is a number from 1 to 100. To show the last 20 entries, use:
http://www.coldfusionbloggers.org/rss.cfm?max=20

You can also filter the RSS feed by a search term. Simply add search=X, where X is your search term, to the URL. If you use commas, for example: search=camden,helms, then the search will contain items that match any of your terms.