RSS Feeds

What is RSS?

RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication and Rich Site Summary. RSS is an XML-based format for content distribution. Webmasters create an RSS file containing headlines and descriptions of specific information. While the majority of RSS feeds currently contain news headlines or breaking information, the long term uses of RSS are broad

RSS is a defined standard based on XML with the specific purpose of delivering updates to Web-based content. Using this standard, Webmasters provide headlines and fresh content in a succinct manner. Meanwhile, consumers use RSS readers or news aggregators to collect and monitor their favorite feeds in one centralized program or location. Content viewed in the RSS reader or news aggregator is known as an RSS feed or news feed.

RSS is popular because it is a free and easy way to promote a site and its content without the need to advertise or create complicated content sharing partnerships.

In order to subscribe to an RSS feed, you will need two things: (1) an RSS-enabled browser or RSS reader/news aggregator and (2) the URL (Web address) of the RSS feed to which you wish to subscribe.

How to Subscribe to RSS Feeds

(1) Use an RSS-enabled browser. Many different RSS-compatible browsers, with built-in RSS readers, are available. Alternatively, download a news aggregator/RSS reader. This is a software application that collects and displays news headlines and summaries from sources that you have designated.

(2) If not using an RSS-enabled browser, then install the news aggregator/RSS reader on the relevant computer.

(3) Locate the Web address (URL) of the RSS feed that you wish to subscribe to. An RSS feed is an XML document that contains the news headlines and summaries.

(4) Insert the URL of the RSS feed. (There is usually an "add feed" button.)

(5) Many of the news aggregators/RSS readers will allow you to set the interval that the software will look for a feed update, others simply update daily.

(6) The information in the RSS feed will be updated when it contains new content.