What are RSS Feeds?

RSS stands for RDF Site Summary, but is often referred to as Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a web feed format used to publish frequently updated information, such as news and updates. This information becomes syndicated automatically using web applications and content management systems, such as WordPress and Joomla. The RSS format allows people to subscribe to these content feeds so that they can be notified of new content and view the new information quickly.

Why should I use RSS feeds?

Here is a quick list of reasons why you should be using RSS feeds today:

  • It saves you time by allowing you to read short headlines and descriptions without going to the website.
  • Because you choose which feeds to subscribe to, your RSS feeds are tailored to your interests.
  • There are many different ways to read RSS feeds on your desktop and on mobile devices, so your news is available at home or on the road.
  • RSS is widely used and is available for almost every news source

How can I start using RSS feeds?

You only need two things to start using RSS feeds: the URL (address) of the feed you want to subscribe to, and an RSS reader, such as Google Reader. The process of subscribing to an RSS feed may be different depending on the reader that you choose to use, so be sure to consult the manual, FAQ, or other documentation of your RSS reader for more information on how to subscribe to the feeds.

How can I find RSS feeds?

RSS feeds are usually represented by orange icons similar to these:

If you do not see these types icons anywhere on a site, then it may require some digging through the site to find it. Here are some keywords you can look for on a site to help you find the RSS feeds to subscribe to:

  • RSS or XML or Atom
  • Feed or Feeds
  • Subscribe

The site footer and the sitemap are other places where you can commonly find RSS feeds.


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