RSS is less well-known than it used to be, but many people still use it to keep up with news, podcasts, and other information online. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” It is a standard protocol for websites to publish updates. Anyone can view them by using an RSS reader or program.
What is an RSS feed?
RSS is essentially an XML text file. The RSS file is created by website publishers and includes a list of articles or other content published by the site. The newest entry is always at the top. Each entry includes details such as the title, description, and link to the content.
RSS feeds are updated and published in real time. If you subscribe to a site’s RSS feed, you will always have access to the most recent published content. This can be useful for podcasts and news sites that are often updated.
What you need to know about RSS readers
An RSS feed is a text file that contains article descriptions and links. It is not intended to be read or used by you. An RSS reader is a program that allows users to read and use the RSS feed. It is a simple program that scans the RSS feed to display the articles in an easy-to-read format.
Multiple RSS readers can show a single view that displays content from all websites in chronological order. It’s similar to how an inbox shows emails from multiple accounts simultaneously. Or you can look at each website individually.
RSS readers can be used to aggregate news. RSS readers can be used to aggregate information. Users can subscribe to RSS feeds to websites and other sources of interest to them. An RSS reader allows users to read headlines and scan articles from many sources. Although this is becoming less popular, many people use social media to aggregate news. However, it’s more efficient as social media platforms use their own algorithms to determine which headlines are displayed. RSS allows you to see all the information published by any source you subscribed to.
There are many RSS reader programs available. You can choose from free or paid programs.
How to Use an RSS Feed
These steps are required to use RSS:
- Purchase an RSS reader. Feedreader and Feedly are some of the most well-known RSS readers. Register to receive RSS feeds.
- Get the RSS feed link. The URL to the website’s RSS feed you wish to subscribe to will be required. You may find an RSS link on some websites’ homepages. It can be found at the top of the site (in the header) or the bottom in the footer. It will look similar to a Wi-Fi icon, and it will look like waves. Click on it and copy its URL. RSS icons are less common on websites’ homepages. If you don’t find it, you can do a web search such as “Insider RSS feed.” Copy the link and locate the page.
- Subscribe to the RSS feed. Find the RSS reader program link to add a feed, then enter the URL. You should see a list of articles immediately after you have added it. Now you can browse the list and click on the article that interests you.
- Subscribe to more RSS feeds. You can add RSS feeds to your RSS Reader until you have a complete list of websites.