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What are RSS feeds?

What are RSS feeds?

RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. Using RSS feeds is a way of keeping track of updates to a frequently updated website or part of a website, showing when new articles or comments have been added.

For example if you regularly read 20 different blogs or sites you could subscribe to RSS feeds from each of these sites and then use a feedreader to easily check a digest of all new articles each day without having to visit all of the sites one by one.

Should I have an RSS feed from my website?

If you have a website and publish regular updates, like news or blog posts, you should offer your visitors the chance to subscribe to your website’s RSS feed.

How do I do this?

If we build you a website using WordPress you’ll automatically have an RSS feed from your site. The address of your feed will be http://www.yourdomainname.com/feed/. If you have different types or categories of content that you regularly update you can also offer people category-specific feeds.

For example the Go4 website’s main RSS feed is here: https://www.go4.com.au/feed/ – this shows alls new posts we add to our site. The RSS feed for our blog is available at https://www.go4.com.au/category/blog/feed/ and just includes items posted to our blog.

Easy.

How do people access RSS Feeds?

There are a couple of ways people subscribe to RSS Feeds.

RSS feed readers

Dedicated feed reader software like Feedreader (Windows) or NetNewsWire (Mac) or online tools like Google Reader or Bloglines pull all people’s subscribed feeds together and show summaries.

RSS feeds as Live Bookmarks in a web browser

Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer (7 or newer) web browsers let people subscribe to RSS feeds in their web browser as a special type of Bookmark or Favourite (sometimes called Live Bookmarks or Web Feeds).

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