1. RSS introduction
  2. RSS structure
  3. RSS tags
  4. RSS channels
  5. RSS items
  6. RSS publish
  7. RSS read
  8. RSS find
  9. RSS tools
  10. RSS Summary

Read RSS feeds

You can publish an RSS feed for your own site, but you will probably also want to read the RSS feeds of other sites. RSS is great because it lets you separate desired content (what you want, what interests you, what is relevant to you) from undesired content.

Reading RSS manually

You can read RSS manually in your browser by putting the URL of an RSS feed in the address bar or by clicking the RSS icon that appears on the right side of the address bar for sites that offer an RSS feed.

RSS feed readers

Using a feed reader instead of reading RSS manually gives you much more options.

There are many feed readers available. Some web based (you use them through a web browser), and some as separate programs. RSS feed readers have many features including searching through feeds, sharing feeds with others, assigning keywords to feed items, and much more.

Web based RSS readers

Google Reader, BlogLines, WizRSS (add-on for Firefox)

RSS readers software

FeedDemon, FeedReader, SharpReader, RSSreader, blogbot (add-on for Outlook & Internet Explorer)

Subscribe to feeds

To subscribe to an RSS feed you need the URL to that feed. To get this URL find the RSS or RSS button on the site whose RSS you want to subscribe to, click on it, and copy the URL that comes up in your address bar. Open your RSS feed reader, find the option to subscribe to a feed, and paste the URL in there.

Filter feeds

Many RSS feed readers have the option to filter incoming feed entries by certain keywords. This is very useful if you're looking for particular information in an RSS feed. For example, if you are subscribed to the RSS of a jobs site and you want to get only the feed entries that list freelance jobs you can filter this RSS feed for the keyword 'freelance'

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