What is RSS?
RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. As the name suggests it is a way of syndicating different sources of information on the web into a simple, easy to use output. Think about how many websites you visit and the amount of dynamic information (information that changes regularly, ie not static) you and your browser has to process. It can all get a bit too much sometimes. One minute you’re on your favourite news website to keep abrest of the headlines, next you’re on your favourite sporting web page reading up on the latest scores. Sometimes taking in all this information can get to be a handful, so webmasters collate all this dynamic information into a ‘feed’.
What’s A Feed?
A ‘feed’ is a source of information served up to you in a particular way. It’s akin to watching the news on TV, which is one way of being ‘fed’ information. The radio is another ‘feed’. In internet terms a ‘feed’ is the same thing: information being ‘fed’ to you in a particular way. To receive it you look for the RSS logo on a website and follow the link.
What RSS Logo?
You’ve seen it all over the web. It’s that funny orange image with two waves and a dot! This one:
So How Do I Receive This Feed?
There are a number of ways.
1. Browser or Email
The simplest is to receive it via your browser or email client, like Thunderbird. When you set up your browser for the first time it may ask you if you want to use it as your feed reader.
2. Dedicated Feed Reader
There are loads of free news readers out there. Just Google ‘download rss feed reader’. Once downloaded select the link on this website with the RSS logo (top right, above the search box) and you’ll be taken to a page with the latest feeds. Copy the address that appears in the browser address bar and paste it into your feed reader. Voila, you’ve just subscribed to our RSS news feed.