What is an RSS Feed?

Posted on April 4, 2013

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and it is built using XML (eXtensible Markup Language). If you are interested in information from a blog or news provider and they have an RSS Feed available you can subscribe to it with a News Reader and keep track of any new articles or blog entries they provide. For example, if you subscribe the Write News RSS feed to your news reader you can keep track of our new blog posts. The news reader will let you know when a new blog entry has been posted. The news reader does this by periodically checking our RSS feed to see if it has been updated. We can also ping the news reader to let them know that we have posted something new on our blog.

RSS Feeds are very useful because they make it easy for people to track multiple blogs and news sources at one time. Many people using news readers subscribe to dozens or even hundreds of different feeds. To read RSS Feeds you need a News Reader (also known as News Aggregators, RSS Aggregators, Feed Readers, RSS Feed Readers and RSS Readers). News readers can be used online with a browser with services like Feedly. Mozilla's Firefox browser also lets you subscribe to newsfeeds while you are browsing the Web.

Once you have a registered with one of the online news readers or downloaded a desktop news reader then you can quickly subscribe to RSS feeds. Most blogs and websites will provide a link that you can click on to subscribe to their feed. Often this link can be found near an orange XML button. All of Writers Write, Inc.'s RSS Feeds can be found here.