May 19

What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format. 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 web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.

The benefit of RSS is the aggregation of content from multiple Web sources in one place.
For example, you could take the technology feed from this site, and some health feeds from the Johns Hopkins Health Alerts website and the latest news headlines from Associated Press and put them on your own site to add content.

The only downside is that if they click on the link, they will leave your site to go to the main site. You can avoid this in part by setting an open new window command.

RSS can help keep your site and content current looking, especially if you have not got a lot of time or content of your own.

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