I am helping a friend to bring a very large, completely static web site out of the stone age. One thing I'd like to add immediately is a RSS/ATOM feed.
He does not like working with any kind of CMS. He makes his pages using a Dream Weaver template, then uploads it and manually updates some pages to link to the new content. His site does very, very well in search engines, but he's not quite engaging new visitors who would probably put him in their reader.
Is there something I can install that allows him to easily / manually add new items to a feed? Perhaps something that if given a link could fetch a content excerpt?
Searching around yielded hundreds of things that might work, but many from 2000 or prior that have not been updated since. Language is not critical, but PHP/Python would be ideal.
I really need something self hosted.
The flow of this should be, webmaster makes a new static page, uploads it, links to it .. now some mention of that page should exist in the RSS feed. Ideally, the webmaster could just provide the link to the new page, and the title with a short excerpt would appear in the feed.
Perhaps even something that just scraped title / excerpt from comment tags, i.e. :
<!-- BEGIN EXCERPT <p>The quick brown fox got p0wned by l33t kittens</p> -->
I don't need a full blown parser, just something that makes it easy for someone with minimal skills to maintain a feed on a completely static site.