What are RSS Feeds?

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people use 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

WICC uses RSS feeds for

When you subscribe to an RSS feed, your reader fetches anything new on the feed when we post it.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

The first thing you need is an RSS reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based RSS readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Once you have chosen a RSS reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your reader.

How do I get a news reader?

If you are using an older browser, updating to a newer version will get you an RSS reader as a bonus.

There are many other RSS readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different RSS readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.