Blogs: What are RSS Feeds?

Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 16:52


RSS feeds have been around for many years as a convenient way for web users to receive content 'feeds' from web pages where you know new information will interest you.

On ExplorOz we offer RSS feeds within Blogs, Articles, Treks, Classifieds, and Forum.

The feeds are available for the categories/sub-categories within these sections so you can actually drill right down to select just the "DIY" blogs, or just the "Power & Electrics" articles, or just the "NSW Free/Swap" category of the Classifieds! (There are no sub-categories to the Forum so the feeds are for all new threads). To subscribe to an RSS feed you simply need to find and click on the RSS icon and follow the prompts.

To find the available feeds in Articles, firstly go to the Articles Index page and you'll see a list of sections. You can select the RSS icon alongside any of these sections, or click to open a section to find the list of sub-categories - each with their own RSS feeds.

Finding the RSS icon for Classified feeds is much the same as for articles. Go to the Classifieds Index page and you'll see immediately that you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any of the product categories - such as Vehicles, Accessories, Part/Spares, Boats, Caravans etc. But you can refine your feed to just those receive listings from a particular state if you prefer (open category, open state, the click icon).

To find the available feeds in Blogs, firstly go to the Blogs Index page and you'll see that you can find blogs by TAG. Use the pulldown list of Tags to select what interests you. When you browse through the blogs that appear on that page, these will all be from that selected tag. At the bottom of the page you'll see the RSS icon if you wish to subscribe to feeds from that Blog tag.

RSS feeds work by sending the content you've subscribed to to a simple location. When you click the RSS icon, you'll be given options to where you want to send the feeds (Bookmarks, Google, Yahoo, Outlook etc). Bookmarks is the typical option chosen by most people. The bookmark folder will automatically appear and add the new pages (via the feed). Give it a try and see what works best for you!
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