Monday, April 12, 2010

What is RSS?

Not sure what an RSS application is. This is what I'm trying to do... I am designing a website and let's say that I want to pull headlines or article teasers from other publications and drop them on my cover page linking them to the origonal article location, is that what RSS does? If not, and I'm on the wrong track? How do I accomplish this and do I need permissions from the origonal source? Thanks!

What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content including, but not limited to, blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts. An RSS document (which is called a "feed" or "web feed" or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.
Reply:RSS is a standard format for syndicating content on the Internet. The content can be anything! Often information contained in an RSS feed is syndicated on other sites which expands its reach.

Website visitors love RSS because they choose which feeds they wish to subscribe to, if at any point they are unhapy with the content contained in the RSS feed they simply unsubscribe and no longer receive notification of feed updates.

RSS is really a win, win for both subscribers and publishers.

In order to get a better understanding of how RSS works download an RSS reader or use a web aggregator and subscribe to an RSS feed (they are usually indicated by a small orange icon).
Reply:It's a feed of the last posts. If you have a supported blog format like wordpress use feedburner.

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