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News Feeds (RSS)

What are News Feeds?

News feeds (RSS) allow you to see when websites have been updated. You can get the latest articles as soon as they are live, without having to visit www.cardiff.gov.uk directly.

How do I start using feeds?

You will need a news reader in order to use RSS feeds. This is a piece of software that checks websites and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are a variety of these, some are online and some are programs you download onto your computer.

Online (browser based) news readers lets you view your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer with internet access, whereas downloadable programs stores them on your computer. There are a number of free options available including:

News Reader Software

Windows based

Newz Crawler
FeedDemon
Awasu
Mac OS X
Newsfire
NetNewsWire

Web

Bloglines
FeedZilla
NewsGator
Microsoft Live
My Yahoo!

Browser

Mozilla Firefox
GOOGLE

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what type of content you want it to receive.

Whenever an RSS Feed is available you will see an orange button on the side.

If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a news feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

 

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