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Tiny Tiny RSS With My Hostgator Shared Hosting Account, Part 2

It’s been about two weeks now since I first set up Tiny Tiny RSS and the experience has been brilliant. I wanted to follow up my original post with some added details.

Out of the box, TTRSS will only update the feeds when you click on them. It would be a better experience if they were already updated and ready for you to read when you login. We can do that with a few tweaks and the addition of a cron job.

First, make sure this line is set to true. (line 31 for me)

define(‘SIMPLE_UPDATE_MODE’, true);

This will allow you to set the refresh time, via the preferences, of when TTRSS can update the feeds. By default, it’s set to update the feeds every 30 minutes. The problem is that this will only happen when you are logged in so a cron job is the next task to set.

Like I mentioned in my past post, I use HostGator so will be sharing the job I entered for this service. TTRSS requires PHP 5.3 which is at the following path:

/opt/php53/bin/php

The resulting cron job is thus:

*/15 * * * * /opt/php53/bin/php /home/user_name/public_html/the_path/update.php --feeds --quiet

This cron job updates the feeds every 15 minutes.

I very much recommend setting up the cron job if you are going to use the TTRSS Android app, which is a great addition to reading your feeds.

You can then search the forums for a slick new theme and you’ll be in feed reading heaven.

4 comments for “Tiny Tiny RSS With My Hostgator Shared Hosting Account, Part 2

  1. May 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the tips, Leo. Your guide saved me from plenty of head-scratching and experimentation, esp. the part about PHP 5.3

    One question, though: I’m having problems getting the subscription bookmarklet to work. The web server keeps telling me I don’t have permission to execute public.php. Any suggestions? I’m running 1.7.8, by the way.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Leo
    May 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Dom Cimafranca, I’m not quite following you or maybe I don’t know what you are trying to set up. (or it just works for me)

    Are you referring to the published feed that you can set up under the preferences -> feeds page? What action/where does this error occur?

  3. July 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the two articles. I’m sure I could have pieced it all together, but you saved me a ton of time trying to dig around.

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