Many of our internet-generation folks must have had a wandering thought of what is that orange symbol with a dot and arcs they encounter, while browsing some websites.If you’re one of them,you’ve come to the right place.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication . RSS is a technology used my many websites to keep their viewers updated with changing content on the site.
Problems faced by site-visitors:
- We are interested in many websites whose content changes on an almost any time. Like sports-sites,news sites,medical websites, and blogs. Checking website frequently and finding new stuff can be cumbersome.
- Email notification is a thing of past now.Recieving mail from various sites which are disorganized and often are taken as spam can be tedious.
- Bookmarking the site again requires you to go through the site repeatedly.
RSS solves the problem:
RSS turns things around a little.It gives you a method of getting relevant and up to date information sent to you for you to read in your own time
Website administrator maintains a list of notifications in a standard way. This list of notifications is called a RSS Feed. People who are interested in finding out the latest headlines or changes can check this list. RSS aggregators are the programs developed to automatically access the RSS feeds of websites you care about on your behalf and organize the results for you. (RSS feeds and aggregators are also sometimes called RSS Channels and RSS Readers)
Creating a feed file:
If you’re using Blogger,Wordpress,LiveJournal etc, they create RSS feeds automatically.
If you’ve a custom website,then you need to maintain a XML file of such feeds or use some software like ListGarden.
Learn how to create a XML RSS feed file here. Information provided by RSS is generally of the following format:
Title: RSS feeds
Description: RSS allows fast browsing for news and updates.
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