Weather on your Web site: what are your options and which is best for static sites vs. blogs? This is a question that has come up a few times in recent months. Based on this, I thought it might be worth putting together a blog post to explore what WeatherBug offers for those who wish to stream their local weather to Web site visitors.
Option 1) WeatherBug Widgets – Simple to use, easy to work with in an HTML environment, this is my first choice for most Web sites. I also recommend them for those looking to add local weather to WordPress blogs as they do not produce some of the common RSS issues seen with the WordPress platform. WeatherBug Widgets are my first recommendation as it will work with anything and you can select a format that will fit just about any size constraints you throw at it.
Option 2) WeatherBug Weather RSS – For many Web sites, syndicating RSS feeds for the local weather is just more practical. Again, I have found that it is hit or miss with WordPress, yet on other blogging platforms this can be a fantastic way to share your own weather. Select either text only or include available images in your feed, in addition to a national weather news feed from WeatherBug as well.
Option 3) WeatherBug Backyard Blog Feed – For many people wishing to syndicate weather data on their blogs/Web sites, just tossing a weather feed up is simply not enough. In instances such as this, it might be worthwhile to select your closest Backyard Blogger as to syndicated a more personalized RSS feed for your own Web site. This is especially helpful for Web sites that deal with a specific location rather than the Internet at large. Just select the region on the map from the link above and then choose the RSS feed to use – it is that easy.
Option 4) Roll your own solution – Thanks in part to the WeatherBug API, advanced users are free to utilize data produced from the largest professionally maintained weather station network out there… period. As you can see from the provided link, there are Web site based examples that demonstrate just how customized and able this API truly is to use for the advanced user.