Forum: What are RSS Feeds?

Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 16:49


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 Forum, Blogs, Articles, Treks & Classifieds.

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!

This level of customising what information is relevant to you is why RSS feeds are so handy. To subscribe to an RSS feed you simply need to find and click on the RSS icon.

In the Forum, the RSS feed is shown at the bottom of the page too but is only available for all new threads so you'll only be alerted once to each post.

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 most people choose and works just like any other bookmark you might make, expect that it will automatically create a folder and automatically add the new pages (via the feed) to your bookmark!

When you read RSS feeds you only get a simple view - so you'll see text but no surrounding ads, images, site navigation etc. Give it a try and see what works best for you!
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