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Welcome to our quick and easy guide to RSS

What is RSS?

RSS (usually expanded to mean Really Simple Syndication) is a way of staying up to date with your favourite websites. With RSS you can receive constantly updated links to your chosen website. Once you have your connection to the site you will receive a list of all the blog entries, articles, guides and new stories currently shown on a certain page or section of that site.

How can i receive RSS Feeds?

There are a number of ways you can receive an RSS feed, but the main method is by downloading a program called a 'News Reader'. This acts as an aggregator of all the RSS information from various websites that you choose to follow. Through the reader it's easy to browse headlines and deal summaries that link through to the full article or offer on the website. News Readers are available on a range of platforms and many of them are free.

Alternatively, new browsers offer a similar level of functionality built-in. These will detect whether the website you are looking at offers an RSS feed and will then let you create a constantly-updated list of links in your 'bookmarks' menu. Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome automatically check for feeds when you visit a website.

When using Firefox, for example, you will be alerted to an RSS-enabled page by an orange icon that appears in the bottom-right corner of the window Firefox RSS link. Many browsers let you add RSS feeds as a browser favourite or bookmark folder, automatically updating them with the latest content.

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