Monday, April 20, 2015

What are the benefits of RSS?

RSS stands for Rich Site Summary. If you have websites that you really favor and want to go back to time and again and keep up with the latest or just even visit, RSS is another way to subscribe to those site and receive their updates. You will have to subscribe to it though.

RSS is a similar way of long ago when you would ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them for updates. RSS data is small and fast loading that it can easily be used with services like cell phones or PDA's.

Why RSS? Benefits of RSS

·         RSS is suited for people who regularly use the web to retrieve the updates of       content from favorite the sites.
·         No need to visit each site individually thus time saving.
·         No need to join each site's email newsletter.
·         You will be getting up to date information sent to you and be able to read it in your own time.
·         You can choose to view the news you want, interest you and are relevant to your work.
·         Separate wanted information from spam.
·         Increase your site traffic.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed

·         Get an RSS feed Reader.
·         There are free, basic and easy to use feeders such as Google Reader, loglines etc.
·         The free feeders are basic and work more like emails.
·          Subscribe to the feed.
·         You will notice that unread entries from your favorite sites will be “bold”.
·         You have an option of clicking through to the actual site or moving to the next unread item.

More RSS Feeders

RSS feeders are available for different platforms. Some are even free. You may notice that a lot of sites will have a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know that a feed is available. So try to look for the small orange icons on the home pages on the right side.

1.      MyYahoo

It is free, web based and one of the fastest readers when it comes to loading in the articles of multiple RSS feeds. It is very reliable as well.

2.    Bloglines

 It is Free and web based. First create an account and confirm registration in your email. Subscribe to the feed. Choose whatever Blogline subscription feeds you like. Click subscription button and you are set.

3.    FeedReader

It is compatible with Windows, free and very simple feed reader that easily handles large number of feeds. It does not require java and other complicated files.

4.    FeedForAll

You have to pay for it in order to create RSS feeds to upload to your website. It also has specialized tools for creating podcast feeds for iTunes.

    5.    NewsGator

It is compatible with Windows.

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