What is RSS?

April 28th, 2010

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By using our RSS feed your computer will automatically ‘pull’ our morning blog into your computer each time we upload an update. You will not need to remind yourself to go to our website to see if there is a new entry, or to read it. It will already be on your computer.

If you’re not familiar with RSS Feeds (they are becoming increasingly popular due to the convenience), it may seem complicated, but is not.

Once you have set it up initially, it is automatic. And once you have chosen a free feed reader by having Microsoft Internet Explorer on your computer or an e-mail account with Microsoft Outlook, Google, My Yahoo!, or whoever, which you may already have, it is simply a case of downloading and activating their RSS feed reader, and adding our RSS feed link to it by clicking on the RSS icon at the top of our blog.

The more detailed information is:

RSS Feed – Really Simple Syndication Feed:

A family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship.

RSS feeds are read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-based, desktop-based, mobile device or any computerized Internet-connected device. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs.

How to use RSS

  1. You need to have an “RSS Feed Reader” these come in a wide variety of applications. Here are some common RSS readers available:
  2. Now you need to add the feed link to your RSS reader. The Feed Link is located in the top right column denoted with the image symbol.
    • Ways to Copy Feed Link:
      • Mouse over the Feed Link and select one of your RSS Web Readers such as Google.
      • Right click “Copy Shortcut”/”Copy Link” and paste the RSS URL into your feed program such as MS Outlook.
      • For programs like Internet Explorer and Firefox click the feed link and follow the instructions to subscribe.
  3.   Finished you are now subscribed to our RSS Feed!
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