Understanding RSS/ATOM Feeds
Understanding RSS/ATOM Feeds
Document 7008 ¦ Last updated: 01/04/2017 AAB
The Internet is the largest information outlet the world has ever known. Across the World Wide Web, there are countless sites that publish information on just about every topic you can imagine. Many of these sites are anxious to see their content distributed to the widest possible audience, including on your XSite.
The Real Simply Syndication (RSS) data format was developed to let information providers publish or “syndicate” their content on the internet. Users can read this content — often called an RSS Feed or simply a web feed — in specially designed “reader” applications, or on web pages that subscribe to the feed. Every time the publisher updated their content, the reader or website would receive the new information. (Click here for an example of an XSite with an RSS Feed included.)
RSS feeds provide a great resource for website owners looking for fresh, relevant content to keep their sites interesting to readers.
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 publishers 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). XSites include a designated RSS Feeds feature that make it a snap to include any RSS Feed on any XSite page (see below).
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 RSS 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:
As mentioned, there are a wealth of RSS feeds available on the Internet. Locating the content that’s right for your site may be your biggest challenge. Keep these ideas in mind while looking:
Here are some resources you can check to find appropriate RSS Feeds for your XSite:
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. Before you place any RSS Feed on your XSite, make sure you consult the publisher’s website for any such restrictions.
For specific instructions on including an RSS feed on a specific XSite web page, consult the relevant XSite manual below: