Frequently asked questions

What is an FAQ Page?
An FAQ page is a webpage dedicated to listing and succinctly answering frequently asked questions from website visitors.

What is RSS?
Many people say that ‘RSS’ stands for ‘Really Simply Syndication’ but you don’t have to know what it means to use it. RSS content is also referred to as feed and a feed is simply a way in which a reader may subscribe to website content, such as a blog or news site. A news site, for example, may list the latest headlines or entire articles in their feed every time a new article is published. A blog could publish a feed that contains a series of recent posts. Feeds are published by millions of publishers, from small individuals to large organisations like Computer Weekly and New Scientist.

Why use RSS?
Using RSS can consolidate many data sources and stop the need for you to constantly visit many different sites to access the information you want. In this way you will be able to keep up to date with specific information you are interested in without having to visit each individual site. With all the information in one location you can see the updated content change when it happens on a daily or hourly basis for example.

I heard RSS being called by another name can you explain?
RSS may also be referred to as an RSS feed, feed, RSS channel, RDF feed, XML feed, or Atom feed, but they are all essentially the same thing.

How do I get started?
While you can sort of read feeds as the plain text intended for computers, it is a lot easier to use an aggregator or your own personal news reader. The two serve the same function: they let you subscribe to feeds automatically and go out and get the new posts for you (before you wake up, for example), and then let you read them when you want, all in one place. Both can be found in ‘free’ versions, as well as those with a cost.

Tell me more about news readers
News readers also called feed readers or RSS readers and are software programs that run on your computer, PDA or your phone and let you easily subscribe to feeds and read them all in one place. Some are relatively simple, showing the headline and summary. The more advanced ones often work with your browser to make viewing the web page or blog behind the feed very easy. Typically subscribing to a feed with a news reader is as simple as click or drag from your browser.

Tell me more about news aggregators
An aggregator is the web site equivalent of a news reader. For people that don’t want to install new software, aggregators provide many of the same functions as news readers, but through going to a site with a web browser. This can be convenient for people that read news from public places, where they can’t bring their reading list with them.

How do I know if a website has RSS and subscribe?
Where ever you find the RSS orange reader symbol: you can click on this and subscribe to the relevant feed.

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