What Exactly Is an RSS Feed?

Posted By: Gemma Thompson
Date Posted: 01/08/2022

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is a standard protocol for distributing news and blog content. An RSS feed is a channel that delivers syndicated content directly to your computer. Whenever there’s new content available in an RSS feed, you will receive a notification. The great thing about RSS feeds is that they allow you to keep track of your favorite websites even if you don’t visit them regularly – useful if you have time constraints or just don’t want to spend hours tracking down new content on any particular website.

How RSS Works

RSS allows website owners to publish notifications of new content on their sites. Newscasts, blog posts, weather reports, and podcasts are examples of this type of content.

The website author creates a text file with the XML file extension for the RSS feed that contains the title, description, and link for each post on the site in order to publish these notifications. The website author then uses this XML file to add an RSS feed to the site’s web pages. The XML file automatically syndicates new content via this RSS feed in a standard format that can be viewed by any RSS reader.

When a website visitor subscribes to this RSS feed, the new website content is read in an RSS reader. These RSS readers gather information from multiple XML files, organise it, and display it in a single application.

You can do a lot with an RSS feed and an RSS reader. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Follow web page and forum discussions without having to visit each page to read the list of posted comments.
  • Keep up with what your favourite bloggers are cooking and share recipes with your friends.
  • Keep up with local, national, and international news from a variety of sources.

What Exactly Is an RSS Feed?

An RSS feed aggregates information sources and provides updates when a website adds new content. All you see on social media are people’s favourite things they share. An RSS feed displays everything a website publishes.

Look on the main or home page of a website for an RSS feed. Some websites display their RSS feed as an orange button with the abbreviations RSS or XML.

RSS icons do not all look the same. RSS icons are available in a variety of sizes and colours. Not all of these icons include the abbreviations RSS or XML. To indicate an RSS feed, some websites use a Syndicate This link or another type of link.

Some websites provide RSS feed lists. These lists may include various topics for a large website or list feeds from numerous websites that cover a similar topic.

When you come across an RSS feed that sounds interesting, click the RSS icon or link to view the XML file that controls the feed on a website. This RSS link will be used to subscribe to the feed in an RSS reader.

What Exactly Is an RSS Reader?

Consider an RSS reader to be like your email inbox. When you subscribe to a website’s RSS feed, your RSS reader displays content from that website. To view the content, use the RSS reader or go to the website. The RSS reader marks each new piece of content as read as you read it.

There are numerous RSS readers available. If you prefer to read blog and news posts in a web browser, installing the Google Chrome RSS Feed Reader extension on your browser is one of the simplest ways to access an RSS reader. This extension can be installed on any Google Chrome-enabled device.

If you are not a Google Chrome user, Feedly is a cloud-based RSS reader that is available on a variety of platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Chrome, and other web browsers. It is also compatible with third-party apps. It’s simple to get started with Feedly.

Conclusion

RSS feeds are a popular and effective way to keep track of news and blog updates. You can easily browse news and content updates from publishers you know and enjoy from your favourite websites and applications. RSS feeds also make it easy to discover new content from publishers you’ve never heard of before. However, RSS is not just for the seasoned pro anymore. The rise of social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, has meant that an RSS feed is a lot more than just a convenient way of keeping up with the latest headlines. But, if you are tired of manually checking out the latest updates from your favourite websites every now and then, have no idea how to organize an RSS feed, or just prefer doing everything through a digital reader, you might want to give an RSS feed another try. That said, there are many benefits to using an RSS reader. It is better than Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform at helping you discover new websites and content. Plus, it’s simple to organize and consume your favourite websites and blogs in a simple, straightforward manner.

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