What is RSS ?


RSS is the abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication whereby it is actually a lightweight XML format created for sharing news and websites updates, basically for content distribution. It works in the direction as a distributable "What's New" for your website. Using RSS, it allows web content providers such as A Guide To Asia to easily create and disseminate feeds of travel data that include the latest updates, new traveling tips and new places of interest and tourists attractions. RSS-aware programs called news aggregators are becoming extremely popular in the weblogging community.



Why it really means when a website has a RSS feed ?


What is RRS feed? Most people use RSS readers to collect and monitor their favorite feeds in one centralized area. RSS is an important device that is used for condensing news headlines and information into a bite-size summary (which is also known as a feed).  A news aggregator or newsreader is used to display these RSS summaries on the screen for a fast bite of news. Content viewed in the RSS reader or news aggregator is placed in the RSS feed. Nowadays, most websites use a small orange XML button like this ( ) to indicate the RSS feeds. XML is the abbreviation for Extensible Markup Language, a commonly used code for RSS feeds. Since there are a lot of RSS feeds in a newsreader program, you can save time by just browsing only the headlines. If you want to read a particular article in detail, then click the link on the RSS summary which will then take you to the whole article.



Why is RSS popular ?


It is becoming very popular because RSS is a free and easy way to promote a website and its content without the need to pay for expensive advertisement.



How can I use RSS ?


Two ways to use RSS are firstly, you can utilize a program called a news aggregator to collect, update and display the RSS feeds. Also known as news readers, this program will download and display the RSS feeds for you. Among the more popular types used are AmphetaDesk, NetNewsWire and Radio Userland.


The other more commonly used manner is to incorporate RSS feeds into weblogs (known as blogs in short). Weblogs are web pages that are usually made up of short, regularly updated items and web links. Blogging is used to publish personal journals, forums and many more. So, what you can do now is to incorporate this RSS feeds into Weblogs.



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