Details of RSS Explained in Easy Steps

Looking for RSS explained in simple steps? You don't need a big, elaborate understanding of what RSS is or how it works in order to get started using it. All you need to do is follow these easy steps to be reading your favorite content in a single place in just a few minutes.

  1. Think about the type of content you want to follow.
    Some news Web sites already provide a collection of RSS feeds. Try the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post or The Political Simpleton. Google News aggregates news stories to make them easier to find. If it's news you seek, using one of these Web sites can save you the trouble of setting up your own RSS reader.

    If you want to follow other types of content, such as personal blogs or some of your favorite entertainment Web sites, you'll need to set up your own feed reader. Check whether your favorite Web sites offer RSS; if they do, it's time to look for a reader. 
  1. Select an RSS aggregator or RSS reader.
    Selecting an RSS reader is the most important part of getting RSS content. You'll want a feed reader that's easy for you to use, that offers formatting options that you like and that works with your computer. Some people choose RSS readers that integrate with their e-mail programs, while others prefer Web-based readers. Look at screenshots and take some RSS readers for a test drive to find the one that best fits your needs.
  1. Download any necessary software.
    Some RSS feed readers function as desktop software. These programs store data locally on your computer, so you can download the latest feeds when you're online and then read them wherever you are, regardless of whether or not you have an active Internet connection. If you prefer a desktop-based feed reader, you'll need to download and install RSS software. Some software integrates with Microsoft Outlook, so you can read feeds directly from your e-mail program. 
  1. Input RSS URLs from your favorite sources.
    Once you select your feed reader and download and install any necessary software, you're ready to get started. In order to read your feeds in one place, you'll need to subscribe to your favorite RSS sources. You can typically do this in two ways.

    If you use a Web-based feed reader, many RSS sources have a simple button you can click to add a feed to your list.

    If you use a software-based RSS reader, you can copy and paste the RSS URL into your RSS reader to add it to your list of subscriptions. Detailed instructions will be included with your reader. To find the right URLs, look for the orange RSS logo on pages that have active feeds. 
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