Thursday, November 19, 2009

Can images be displayed in RSS contents?

I have included the java script of an RSS on my site. The RSS URL is There are images in the actual site, which are not being displayed in the RSS content. Is there a way to display images along with the RSS contents. Please somebody help.

Can images be displayed in RSS contents?
Yes you can include images in the description of an RSS feed or you can include the image as an enclosure. Does the feed have the images already imbedded in it? You must you an absolute url for any images (in other words it must be the full url

As far as displaying the feed, you may want to use PHP instead of Java Script so the contents of the feed can be spidered by the search engines.

The easiest/best way to do this is to use RSS2HTML a free PHP script. This means that you can retain the complete control of the HTML layout (using templates) and make it match your existing design. Additionally using PHP rather than JavaScript will mean that search engine spiders can "spider" the contents of the RSS feeds.

Additional details and a free rss2html download is available at:

Additional information and other options for displaying RSS feeds can be found at:

Reply:Make sure you are using a feed reader that displays the full content and not just the description. (The Firefox preview of feeds just shows the description).
Reply:Yes, but I'm not really sure how. Check out sites like Pageflakes. I have a pagecast for Somerset, which you can view here: - this definately has images in feeds such as photo's and map's, I've also seen news feeds including images.

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