RSS - Really Simple Syndication

An RSS feed is essentially a live, regularly updated summary of the content on a Webpage. They’re widely used on news sites and blogs, like this one. Using Feed Reader software, you can automatically take RSS Feeds from any number of Websites and display them however you like.

For example, if you subscribe to a News RSS Feed, lets say “Headlines” from theage.com.au and displayed it on your Webpage, here is what you would get:

Canberra Region Rugby League: Twelve-hour round trip can't stop Jamieson Norris
Seiffert Oval was a hive of activity for junior grand finals over the weekend.
First asylum seekers taken from Manus offshore detention under US refugee swa...
Refugees have left one of Australia's offshore detention centres on Sunday for the United States
Sam Lloyd puts hand up to possibly replace Trent Cotchin for Richmond in gran...
Fringe Tiger Sam Lloyd says he feels like he's made a case for a place in next Saturday's AFL grand final after a best-afield display in Richmond's cliffhanger VFL grand final loss to Port Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

You don’t have to display a Feed in a Webpage like this. You can use software to gather the RSS Feeds and display them on your computer. Some web browsers have a built in function that allows you to subscribe to a feed so you can read the latest content without having to visit the actual site.

This image below shows how to check and directly access my blog posts, using RSS and without visiting my Website:

RSS Screenshot Firefox

Another way to read this blog is to visit the Ecreate Facebook Page. We used RSS to display our blog post on this Facebook page.

RSS is undeniably powerful. If you want to learn more, check out RSS on Wikipedia, or watch this video called RSS in Plain English.

Enjoy!

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