What does RSS mean?
In three different things may RSS mean. RSS original, it’s called RDF Site Summary RSS 0.9, was developed by Dan Libby for Netscape. They produced an easier-to-use and a simpler version after a couple of months, called Rich Site Summary or RSS 0.91. But they leaving it without an owner, later lost interest. Winer made an adapted version of RSS 0.91 for Userland, as more and more users were using RSS, claiming it as his own. Microsoft developed Really Simple Syndication, later in 2005, in relation to its Simple Sharing Extensions.
What is RSS?
RSS is a XML file format for syndicating news and content in the web. Usually it is used by websites that need to update constantly their content regularly such as weblogs and news websites such as Reuters, CNN and BBC. It is now more widely used in web publications, virus reports and marketing, since it essentially gives one’s webpage more traffic. Whether small or large websites alike are usually RSS-enabled today.
You’re an avid fan of baseball for example, and you want to share about one of the players something recent. You can also attach multimedia files other than content, like pictures or videos. Other Internet users subscribed to RSS-enabled sites can read your headline for free by using RSS feeds. In which will be discussed later on, they can also track for changes and updates using news aggregators.
How does RSS work?
You first have to download a software such as content management system, to be able to use RSS, by which XML format can be read. Excerpt of the article, the title and a link to the full article are shown. You can also insert multimedia files in RSS feeds like videos, mp3s, pictures and others, other than just text. Picturecasting, broadcatching, podcasting and photocasting are some features you can incorporate into your feed.
They need to use a feed reader or an aggregator for users to access a RSS feed. For updates on RSS-enabled webpages, an aggregator searches then displays it. Depending on your operating system it can either be a standalone program or a web browser extension. It is also available for search engines for web content broadcasted over RSS feed such as Feedster and Plazoo.
How can I make an RSS feed?
If you know HTML, it is definitely easier to make an RSS feed. If not, you could sign up for a blog that some of which automatically creates RSS. You need to understand more about RSS, if you’re using a personal webpage building system. It is relatively easy to Making an RSS feed from scratch.
Whichever version of RSS you might use a RSS feed should always contain an “item”. The contents of this article can form an item, if you wrote about a recent event in your city or a book review. Essentially an item is composed of three things: a title, its description, and link, where they can find your webpage. Use something that will describe the web content best, in choosing a title and description. It doesn’t follow that the title tag of your webpage and the item title are the same, although it will be easier for you.
It will look like HTML tags. You need to put an opening channel tag fist, that defines it as an XML file. Then, label the tag as an item by putting <item> after the channel tag. You can now insert the three essentials of your item : <title>, <description>, and <link>. We need to close the tag just like HTML, by writing </channel> and </rss> at the bottom.
An RSS feed that contains multiple tags looks like this:
<title>Online Marketing Bloggers</title>
<description> It is Weblog about guiding for online marketer beginners… </description>
<link> http://marketingblogonline.com </link>
<title>What is RSS</title>
<description> RSS is a XML file format for syndicating news and content in the web…</description>
<link> http://marketingblogonline.com/to-know-about-rss </link>
Now, if using these tags you’re still having a hard time to understanding, just look for HTML tags tutorial to further grasp the concept. Have fun!
Written by wowo on February 18, 2008 – 2:45 pm - Posted in About RSS, Blogging | 3 Comments »