|Save Time Online with RSS|
By: Chaille Brindley
Pallet Enterprise, TimberLine, and
Materials Handling Add RSS Feed
RSS delivers content directly to a reader's desktop using a general Web browser or small program called a news aggregator. Subscribing is simple and free.
Instead of having to visit all your favorite sites, what if they came to you in one easy-to-use page that kept you updated with the latest changes, new and information? That is what RSS does. It saves tons of time. Think of RSS as a well-organized, personalized inbox for the Web.
Below are the basics of RSS.
Advantages of RSS
Simple as 1,2,3
What is a reader or aggregator?
The biggest difference between feed readers is whether they are stand-alone clients or are Web-based services accessed through your browser. Stand-alone clients are useful if you want to access your feeds even if you're offline. And one feed reader, News Gator, even integrates into Microsoft Outlook, making your feeds virtually indistinguishable from your email.
By contrast, Web-based services require you to be online to access your feeds. But they also offer other features such as feed search, the ability to integrate feeds with other sources of information in a portal-like fashion and so on. Some people use more than one reader to do different things. But that's probably overkill if you are new to RSS.
Read more about various reader/aggregator options.
Bloglines – Is a free Web-based reader with lots of extra tools.
FeedDemon – Is a standalone reader that resembles MS Outlook. It integrates both podcasts and RSS feeds. The major downside is that it costs $29.95 to purchase.
Google Desktop – A free Web-based reader that suggests new feeds to subscribe to based on your Web browsing habits.
My Yahoo – A free personalized Web portal from Yahoo! that includes RSS feeds and other cool features.
NewsGator – Comes as both a free online feed reader, and a desktop-based version that integrates into Microsoft Outlook. The standalone Outlook version is a subscription-based product with the standard version costing $19.95 per year.
Pluck – A free Web-based reader with a search toolbar and online bookmark manager.
Subscribe to Pallet Enterprise's RSS Feed
Or Click the button that corresponds to your preferred reader for one-click subscription. This only works if you have already established the preferred reader before clicking on the icon.
How do I know if a site offers RSS?
In Internet Explorer the RSS feed icon image in the navigation bar turns orange when a site has active RSS content. Click on feed icon to view or subscribe.
Finding RSS feeds to subscribe to is pretty easy - you probably already have access to them. Go to your favorite website (if they have a web search function you could search for it) but there should be a "subscribe to feed" option somewhere on the homepage.
Go to this helpful tutorial to better understand the advantages of RSS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU