November 04, 2004

What's this "Syndicate this site" thing all about?

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I've had a few questions about the "Syndicate this site" link over on the right hand side there. If you click on it, you get a load of gibberish (like this)... That gibberish is an RSS feed. RSS is a 'syndication format' (see here for the geek version of 'syndication format') that allows web sites to publish changes so that regular visitors can 'subscribe' and see those changes when they happen without having to visit the site every week... To make use of this link you need an RSS Reader, it's like an email program, but it reads the RSS feeds that tell it to and it checks them every so often for you and tells you when new content has arrived. This whole RSS, syndication thing is a big thing in web log land (some people read loads and loads of RSS feeds every day). Often the RSS feeds will be indicated by a little orange button, but I don't do that here because it looks a bit crap against the blue background. Anyway, if you want to subscribe you need an RSS reader, there's a list of them here. I use SharpReader just because it was the first one I tried and it worked reasonably well.

And now, back to your regular program.


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Posted by Len at November 4, 2004 08:18 PM | Categories: General
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