Update: I switched to Tiny Tiny RSS, which already has far more features I wanted, I also blogged about my experiences.
Since Google Reader announced that it is going down, lots of articles describing alternatives came up. I wanted to host my own RSS-Reader for some time so this was the final reason to do it. Since I couldn’t make Newsblur work on my own host last time I tried it, I tried selfoss which is a great deal easier. Here are my first impressions of selfoss:
- Nice user interface, even on my android phone.
- Got keyboard shortcuts very similar to Google Reader.
- Not only RSS sources but some special sources to get full content of sites that only have a teaser in their RSS feed.
- The article text is divided into three panes much like a newspaper.
- Easy to install (only PHP needed, MySQL optionally.)
- At the moment there is sadly no way to read by feed, only by category or tag. Hope this will be integrated in the future. I would like to be able to have a view just like in Google Reader, where I can view whole categories but also a single feed from the category. But I’m managing by creating categories with only one feed in them.
- I’m also missing an option to automatically mark an item read when I open it.
So selfoss isn’t a perfect solution for me, but I might try and add some of the missing features myself and I bet after todays news more user will use and therefore enhance it. If you just want to install it on your hoster without MySQL, it is really simple. To let it run in my Ubuntu server I had to enable the rewrite and headers modules and create a cronjob for the updates:
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo service apache2 restart
sudo echo "*/5 * * * * nobody wget -o /dev/null http://your.domain/selfoss/update" >> /etc/cron.d/selfoss
Update: If you are running on a Debian with default settings or get a 500 server error on other distributions, try to add „AllowOverride All“ in your webserver/vhost config. (source)
I’m running it with MySQL and authentication with this configuration file (config.ini in the selfoss directory):