What Is An RSS FEED?
RSS (Rich Site Summary); originally RDF Site Summary; often dubbed Really Simple Syndication, uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author’s name.
RSS feeds enable publishers to syndicate data automatically. A standard XML file format ensures compatibility with many different machines/programs. RSS feeds also benefit users who want to receive timely updates from favourite websites or to aggregate data from many sites.
Subscribing to a website RSS removes the need for the user to manually check the web site for new content. Instead, their browser constantly monitors the site and informs the user of any updates. The browser can also be commanded to automatically download the new data for the user.
Software termed “RSS reader”, “aggregator”, or “feed reader”, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based, present RSS feed data to users. Users subscribe to feeds either by entering a feed’s URI into the reader or by clicking on the browser’s feed icon. The RSS reader checks the user’s feeds regularly for new information and can automatically download it, if that function is enabled. The reader also provides a user interface.. Read More >
Why Should your web site have an RSS Feed?
A frequently updated feed can help bring you massive amounts of repeat traffic. There are lots of tools for promoting your web site or blog via your rss feed. Feedburner.com, now owned by google is one of the most popular feed tools. Run your newsletter without the hassles of maintaining a list. Feedburner does it for you. If your web site supports rss feeds it will auto update every time you post a new article to your web site or blog.
How To Add An RSS Feed To Your Web Site? How Can I Display An RSS Feed On My Web Site?
If you use wordpress, add the word “feed” to any page published with blog content and it will give you an rss feed for that page. If you do not know if your hosting package / web site supports rss feeds ask your hosting provider. They will be able to answer what rss tools you have in place. If your hosting platform does not offer the ability to publish a rss feed, I wrote a post here that explains: How To Build Your Own RSS Feeds For Your Web Site
How Do I Display Other Web Sites RSS Feeds On My Web Site?
Remember when you display content from another web site on your own web site, you are copying that web site’s content into your own page. To avoid possible copyright infringement, you should always seek permission if you’d like to display content from another site on your page.
Ask the rss content provider what methods they have for displaying their rss feed content. You might have to just use their rss link and source it into your web site on your own. However they might also have hmlt code for their rss feed that might be easier for you to republish the rss feed. There are many ways for source the rss feed into your site. If your using wordpress search your plugin page for rss feed syndication and you should be able to find a plugin that will do this for you. Some site have a widget where all you have to do is add the link to it and it will generate the rss feed. If you’re not sure if your web site support add others rss feeds to your web site, ask your hosting provider.
How To Create An RSS Feed For My Web Site?
You will find info how to build your own rss feed from scratch here. => How To Build Your Own RSS Feeds For Your Web Site
How To Use My RSS Feed?
Lots of people use feed readers to keep up to date with their favorite web sites. There are hundreds of feed readers out there out there with many useful features. I recommend starting with Google Reader, because other feed readers you find out there are capable of syncing with it. Try it out so you see what your readers see. Place a link to your feed at the top of everyone of your pages, in news letter and any where your user is most likely to see it. Find ways for them to click on it. The idea is to get as many follows as you can. Go get started now..
RSS Tutorial and Help
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