Understanding RSS feeds
This document outlines what you need to know about RSS feeds.
Document 7008 | Last updated: 12/28/2017 RR2
The Internet has countless websites, and they publish information on just about every topic imaginable. Many of these sites are anxious to see their content distributed to the widest possible audience — including on your XSite!
The Real Simple Syndication (RSS) data format was developed to let information providers publish or “syndicate” their content on the Internet. Users can read this content in specially designed “RSS reader” applications, or on web pages that subscribe to the feed. Every time the publisher updates their content, the reader or website receives the new information.
Click here for an example of an XSite with an RSS Feed on the Home page.
Simply put, RSS is a file format that allows information providers to publish their content over the Internet. This takes the form of an XML file stored on the publisher's website. Subscribers can then configure their website or RSS reader to point to these files using a simple URL reference (i.e. http://rss.news.yahoo.com/rss/topstories). You can include any RSS feed on any XSite page.
All you need to link your site with an RSS feed is the URL for the RSS file. If the specific URL is not listed, look for an XML or RSS button on the publisher’s website. Right‑click this image and choose Copy Shortcut. You can then paste that URL into the RSS feed box on your XSite.
Once configured with an RSS feed, whenever someone opens that page, the latest content from the publisher is displayed. Thus, your XSite’s content is constantly updated whenever the feed publisher updates their content.
The ATOM format is similar to RSS, and was developed by users who were not satisfied with the direction RSS was taking. Information publishers can choose to syndicate their content using either format. XSites are compatible with both.
Click here for more information on RSS Feeds, their history and their use.
There two primary reasons to put an RSS or ATOM feed on your XSite:
There are tons of RSS feeds available on the Internet. While you look for the content that's right for your site, keep these ideas in mind:
Just because an RSS feed is available from a particular publisher does not mean that you’re free to include that feed on your site. Some publishers may have restrictions on how and where their content is used. Make sure you consult the publisher’s website for any such restrictions.
For specific instructions on including an RSS feed on an XSite page, click on a manual below: