[UPDATE]: Google has now started to return errors when using their feed API. If you’ve reached this place when looking for a replacement, please, read this other article to help you get started with Superfeedr.
It turns out that Google has deprecated their Feed API, which means that it’s probably unsafe to use for any new projects. Luckily Superfeedr’s Feed API is a very good alternative and our API offers the same capabilities so it’s quite easy to move from the Google Feed API to Superfeedr’s.
The “Hello World” of Feed
If you want to use Superfeedr’s API, you need to create a (free) subscriber account. You also need to subscribe to the feed(s) you want to retrieve using Superfeedr’s management interface, as well as create an authentication token.
All of this should not take more than a couple minutes and you’re ready to start implementing: the most notable differences with Google’s code is that we use an extra
auth method which takes both a subscriber login and a token.
Want to make sure it’s running? check it here.
The code above uses the
superfeedr.js shim which maps the Superfeedr API into the Google Feed API. It’s the very first step if you want to port an existing application from Google to Superfeedr. However, the Superfeedr API for subscribers is a lot richer and you can easily benefit from a better schema (with more metadata!).
Superfeedr is a very powerful Google Feed alternative!