Guide to RSS

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is an XML-based format for content distribution on the internet. It is an excellent pipeline for internet users to get the updated news content and online articles that they want without having to search for them.

RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest updates in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

To view RSS feeds, you need:

  • a modern web browser;
  • a web-based news reader or;
  • a desktop news reader.

Most modern browsers allow you view and subscribe to RSS feeds straight from the browser. They also allow you to add RSS feeds as a browser favourite, automatically updating them with the latest content.

For Google Chrome, RSS feeds require a free browser plugin:

Some e-mail service providers give the option to receive the RSS feed subscriptions as e-mail notifications.

There are also many free, web-based readers, all of which compile and update feeds. For heavier users, there are desktop, application-based clients, which offer more features.

RSS readers

Windows Mac OS X Web-based

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