RSS Feeds

RSS stand for "Really Simple Syndication". As an information collecting tool on the web, it has quickly caught on as one of the easiest methods for viewing web content, especially in the midst of all of the online information so readily available.

An RSS Feed takes the basic content from a webpage and delivers it in a format that can be read in an "RSS Reader" such as Google Reader, NetVibes or Sage - to name a few. This content can then be condensed, along with a number of other news sources or blogs, into one main viewing area. The person reading the RSS Feed content can then read the updates from dozens of websites without having to surf to them individually.

Fortunately, SA websites come pre-equipped to deliver RSS feeds to people who wish to "subscribe" to your website. What this will do is set up a space in their RSS Feed Reader to automatically deliver content, as it is updated, that you specify for them to read. This content can include a newly created page, page updates and news articles.

Setting up your RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds are activated in the "Website Module Integration" section of your Website Settings. This must be activated by an Administrator in your site. However, if your website was not originally created to have RSS feeds activated (you will know this if the option is not available to be turned on), this will first need to be done by your Territorial Web Coordinator. Send over an email and you will soon be set to use this feature.

Assigning Pages to Your Feed

Once RSS Feeds are setup, you will have the option on each newly created and existing page to specify it to "Yes" or "No" to "Should this page appear in this site's RSS feed"?

For any pages - even non-news - that are assigned to the RSS feed, Web Manager will automatically create a listing for them that is RSS feed readable. This listing appears as a "Latest News" page, but isn't included in the News area of your site, and is a copy of the original page that you assigned to the feed. So the pages are first pulled from your site into a Latest News section, then output to the RSS Feed and viewed by the end-user. It is a simple, automatic process - done simply by clicking "yes" to a few options!

External links with more information on RSS Feeds:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS

http://www.google.com/reader

 


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