UPDATE: Apple have announced a collection of new updates coming for Apple News, in particularly for Publishers. Naturally, we will re-evaluate upon those features being available
Today we’re announcing that we’re dropping support for Apple News on our website, RKUK Media. We’ve made this decisions for many reasons and after close analysis of using Apple News over the last few months.
For those who don’t know, the only way you can get content on Apple News is either using a CMS API, which is not available for many web hosting platforms, using RSS, or using Apple’s iCloud website. We’ll go over why all of these are quite frankly terrible solutions.
We just mentioned that, it’s a rare API to be able to successfully execute and in essence doesn’t work well in return.
We originally “attempted” to host our site on Apple News using RSS, but man did we have problems. You can actually already use any recognisable RSS Feed within Apple News right now, if you’re in a Feed you can “add to News” using the Safari Share Sheet, just good luck getting it to work.
RSS feeds either don’t load at all, or tend to have a habit of never refreshing upon new content being added on the site you’re following, not good.
Apple News Publisher (on iCloud.com)
This is quite frankly the worst piece of Software we’ve ever used to Publish content online. Rich Text? Nope. Formatting? Nope. Tables and Charts? Nope. Surely you can add Bullet points right? … Nope. Surely that says enough.
All you can do on Apple News Publisher is write Text obviously, but that’s nearly about it, the image above shows just how limited the controls are, you can make that Text, Bold Italic Quote or Link … THAT is your formatting folks, pathetic.
As well as the Title, you can then add Images to the website too, but that’s literally it too. No animations, no Video embeds, nothing.
We, at RKUK Media, have been actively online for the last decade creating content for you to enjoy and consume, so naturally we want that content to be available on not only as many devices as possible, but also on any new service which comes out. However, I think you can see why we’ve made the decision to drop Apple News.
Should you wish to check out any of our content, you can of course join many who continue to, and we’d appreciate it if you kept it locked here for more new content, or of course you can Follow or Like us on our Twitter and Facebook Page.
INTERESTING SIDETONE, THIS VERY POST IS NOW THE ONLY ONE ON OUR APPLE NEWS PAGE