Creating RSS Feeds for Your Website
It stands for Rich Site Summary and is also known as Really Simple Syndication. It is used by surfers so they can remain updated of their favorite websites. Earlier, the only option was to either remember or bookmark website and go to them and see if anything new has been added by them or not.
Most of the blogs now days have RSS feeds for their users to subscribe. If you have a feed reader than you do not have to worry if you would forget about website you wanted to see and remain updated to them. If you have a website of your own you create your own feeds if you update your website often. Most of the browsers have these feed options. Mozilla Firefox offers feed reader in its Bookmarks.
You must have noticed many tiny buttons on your preferred blogs and websites. The tiny button in the orange that looks like sending signal to other is rss. It is also known as ATOM and XML feed.
You can configure to any size and shape you want as they come very handy. So, whenever you have seen a RSS button, the website offers you to subscribe to them and stay updated with their latest events.
How to Create an RSS Feed for a Static Website
If you are working on a blogging platform than they automatically creates these feeds for your site but if you have a website that is designed by you or any other than you have to create it.
It is simply a XML file. I would recommend you to use software’s unless you know writing XML. There are plenty of websites who would do that for you. One of them I know is feed for all. You can go this website and create a XML file for your site. Then you have to upload that file to your site server. When you upload on server they will convert into XML format and this is all you have to do. Whenever you add a new post, the URL of that post will get updated and your users will know if you have added a new article or not. The RSS feed of your website will appear like this:
Most of the websites are using platforms like Blogger and WordPress. If you are working on any of them then they have a widget which automatically creates RSS feed. On Blogger, this feed gets automatically updated. You do not have to worry about anything so every time you add a new page the feed update itself. If you are using WordPress then your feed will appear as:
How to Use RSS
The first thing is to get a feed reader so that you can stay tuned with the updates of your choice. There are many feed readers available online but the best one is offered by Google. I am not saying that you should use this offered by Google. You can use anything of your choice but this one is user-friendly to use.
The working of feed is very similar to e-mail. If you subscribe to the site of your choice, you will see that posts that you have not read will be marked bold with their headings. It gives you options to mark a feed as read or unread. If you are using Firefox than you have a feed reader in your Bookmark section and you can see you read and unread feed from there.
Alternative of RSS Reader
If you think that it is all too mainstream for you to handle, than you can go for email. Most of the websites gives an option of email. You can subscribe for email newsletter and every time something has been updated they will let you know through email.
We have also an email newsletter as well as feed. The email you add is kept confidential so that no one can spam you. If you do not want these email updates you can unsubscribe it anytime.
Everything has its pros and cons. If you send mails to your subscribers as a webmaster most of the mails will not even reach them due to spam filters. RSS is much better than email but as a webmaster you should keep them both. When you are using RSS, you just update your feeds and everyone is able to see it who have bookmark it and you do not have to worry whether it will reach to your visitors or not as it will.
How to Proclaim Feeds for your Website
The easiest way to do is use feedburner.com. They offer you the feeds just by entering the URL of the website and you will be able to address your feeds publicly.
It has many advantages and one among them if you have move your blog you will lose visitors, but they will redirect them to the URL you have moved on. In this way, if you are using free hosting and you move your blog, feedburner will keep your subscribers bind to your new blog.