What is meant by RSS feed?
You may have noticed the term RSS feed many times while travelling across web. The term RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication/Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)/ RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)The purpose of each of these terms are same, it is meant to deliver the latest news from different websites of your choice on the your computer screen. It is an easy way to distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people.
It is mainly used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading. Just imagine what happens when you add RSS feeds to your sites. Can you? I will what happen. When RSS feeds are added to your sites, your site will get updated automatically with headlines and snippets of new content from your RSS site sources. You have seen in webpage with a link to “RSS”, or sometimes by displaying an orange button with the letters “XML” or “RSS”, they usually denotethe existence of the feeds.
RSS feed XML file
The XML-format file that makes up an RSS feed is usually created by a variety of ways. There are certain ‘content management’ programs that maintain news websites and blogs. These content management programs can update the RSS feed XML file. And at the same time, adding an item referring to the new story or post, and removing less recent items. Also Blog creation tools like Blogger, Live Journal, Movable Type, and Radio automatically create feeds. Moreover Websites that are produced in a more custom manner; such as with Macromedia Dreamweaver or a simple text editor, usually cannot automatically create RSS feeds.
To read an RSS feed, Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allows you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites. And display them for you to read and use. In fact A variety of feed readers are now available. Some of them are Amphetadisk (Windows, Linux, and Mac), Feed Reader (Windows) and NewsGator (Windows –integrated with Outlook).