Putting an RSS feed on your website

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Does your website publish new content often? Do you have frequent return visitors that would benefit from having your content accessible with ease? Perhaps an RSS feed is the right choice for you. It can be a challenge to set one up but it’s not as daunting as you might think. First, you should consider if you actually need an RSS feed. Ask a few questions. Will there be any downsides to the RSS feed? Will people actually use it? What content should I put in the RSS feed? Continue reading

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The types of feed readers

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All RSS feed readers perform the same function and they work in the same basic way. They feed you the content and you read it. Easy enough! There are different categories of readers though and you should choose the one that best suits your needs. If you’re an on the go type of person chances are good that you spend more time browsing the web on your phone than at your computer. In that case a mobile feed reader would be the ideal choice. The Google Mobile reader is the best of the bunch but others from major content providers (AOL, MSN, Yahoo) will get the job done too. Continue reading

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Things to do with RSS feeds

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RSS feeds are surprisingly versatile and offer you a variety of ways to experience your favorite content online. It’s more than just browsing on your mobile phone or in your simple reader. Did you know that Yahoo allows you to customize your homepage to a crazy extent using RSS feeds. You can essentially put any content you want on there. If you want the latest Amazon deals or the latest sports scores you just have to add an RSS feed and it will all show up. Anything there’s a feed for can be put in there, which is pretty great. Continue reading

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The history of RSS

RSS was not the first attempt at the syndication of web content. It’s just the first one to achieve success. In 1995 Apple took a pass at it but it didn’t catch on. Ramanathan V. Guha, the guy that worked on syndication at Apple was working at Netscape in 1999 when he created the first version of RSS, called RDF Site Summary. That became RSS, Rich Site Summary, shortly thereafter when the RDF elements were removed to simplify the process and make it easier to use. Continue reading

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What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (that’s the most commonly used expansion, at least) and is a way for people to subscribe to your website, essentially. They’re used to publish sites that update frequently so people don’t have to keep coming back to your site to see what’s happening. They can simply check the RSS feed and if something interesting comes up they know to pay a visit to your page. It’s much like subscribing to a magazine or newspaper and they’ve become standard for most sites these days because they save people time. Continue reading

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