What is an RSS Feed on a website and why would I be interested?

Posted By on Feb 26, 2013 | 4 comments

briefings post

Computers and all of the “tech” talk can sometimes move along at speeds equal to the Autobahn.  It has grown so much over the past 10 years and the change has been so monumental that you start to just hear it as white noise sometimes and think, “Oh that’s just for young kids and gadget guys!”.

While this can be true of some of the hyped websites and computer features, there is one item that I wanted to call back to your attention as it is a worth while tool for many people!  An RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication) is something that any good website/blog has as a feature of it.  This feature works with your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) to let you know what is happening at your chosen websites without you having to go and check.  Think of it like your supermarket sending you a note to let you know that Sirloin Tip Roasts are on sale this week, instead of you having to visit their website to see this.  The reason I see it as a good feature is you can sometimes spend a great deal of time just clicking your bookmarked sites to see if there is anything new, only to find out that there isn’t.  Now you do this for 15 minutes or so, and you start becoming bored on the internet or forget the one reason that you had climbed on the internet to look up!  Now we do send out regular newsletters to let you know, but there are people who do not want newsletters and the RSS Feed fills in this perfectly.

How the RSS Feed works varies a little between internet browsers, but they are all basically the same.   When you are on a website you will typically see the Orange RSS Button or see the words somewhere letting you know to click there to get the feed.   The feed let’s you subscribe to different options which are set up by the website owner.  For our website at www.nitwitcollections.com you can subscribe to the New Products, Upcoming, Featured, and Specials.  Let’s say you choose New Products – now every time you open up your internet browser, it will check Nitwit Collections New Products category and let you know if we have added in any new products.  If you don’t see anything, you know that nothing has been added, and you are not missing anything.   Also, I am sure many of you visit your friend’s blogs or store’s blogs such as ours.   Instead of having to click your bookmark to our blog and look at the posts to see if they are new or not, you can simply subscribe to the RSS Feed and it will let you know if I have been in a writing mood and posted.  Convenient hey??

Now you have options how you would like your RSS Feed to be displayed depending on your internet browser.  It can show up in your Bookmarks panel and you simply click it and it shows you if there is anything new, or you can have your RSS Feeds scrolling along the bottom of your screen like a news network on your TV like CNN or BBC.  You choose what works.

I hope this gives you a little better understanding of a web feature that may or may not be helpful to you, but hey when someone asks what you did today, tell them you subscribed to RSS Feeds and watch their eyes look at you in awe of your knowledge!!ha,ha



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    Hi Julie, thanks for letting us know that you have enjoyed our lessons! It is nice to hear that we are on the right track, and I am sure that you are on your way to becoming an expert!!

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    thank you so much i,m enjoying your lessons and more importantly learning so much you,ve got the patience of a saint!! please keep these lessons up i,m such a numptie on the computer but you got me feelin like a pro! julie smith x

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    That’s great to hear that you found this helpful Debbie! Thanks for letting us know, and we hope that you can now enjoy the use of these feeds!

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    Wow, thanks so much for that LG – I never knew any of that and now I can keep up with the blogs without getting ‘the’ look from OH because I’ve been surfing too long haha.

    Godsend of information… Thanks again 😀

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