What is RSS?
Why is the BBC horse racing news appearing on the Duralock website?
We’ve subscribed to the BBC website’s horse racing RSS feed. This means that when someone uploads new content to the BBC website, it will automatically appear on our site. But RSS feeds aren’t just for technical people; anyone who enjoys browsing the web can use them and many people find them very helpful.
Why should I use RSS?
If you want to keep up to date with the latest horse racing news, but don’t want to stay glued to your computer, RSS could be very useful.
What does RSS do?
RSS is a free service that allows you to see when your favourite websites have added new content without having to visit all those websites in turn. RSS will do the hard work of checking sites for news and updates before delivering it to you as a single feed, or stream of information. For example, an RSS feed can check the websites for Sporting Life, Horse and Hound and the BBC’s horse racing pages and show you whatever’s been posted recently.
How do I get started?
You need something called a feed reader or aggregator. This can be installed on your computer desktop or accessed through the web. There are so many different feed readers available that we can’t possibly list them here, but popular aggregators include MyYahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader.
Once you’ve found a reader, it’s time to start adding feeds from your favourite websites. Most sites have an RSS feed if they update their content regularly. This is usually indicated by an orange RSS button like this.
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Click on the button to see the feed. You can then subscribe by cutting and pasting the URL, or address, of the feed into your reader. After that, it’s just a matter of checking the reader. It’s your choice when you want to dip into the stream of news.