For those of you familiar with RSS, our feed address is http://www.scotlink.org/feed/. We also have a handy beginner’s guide below.
A beginner’s guide to RSS
Whilst a very useful technology for keeping tabs on multiple sources of information, RSS isn’t known as the most user friendly of inventions. At LINK, we aim to make it easy for you to stay up to date with us, so we’ve put together this guide to help you get started.
What is RSS and how does it work?
Opinions on the acronym vary, but RSS is commonly accepted as being short for “Rich Site Summary” or “Really Simple Syndication”. In a nutshell, sites that provide RSS information (such as LINK’s) do so by providing users with a feed address, the contents of which are essentially a log of recent updates. This address can then be added to RSS software (known as a reader), which will check for new updates on demand (This can be automated, but requires the software to be running). Updates are normally kept available for at least a few weeks, so your computer doesn’t need to be on around the clock!
Once it’s set up, RSS can display updates from all your favourite sites in one location. Particularly useful for news junkies or anyone who checks on multiple sites regularly!
Setting up RSS
Now that you know what RSS is and why you’d use it, you probably want to get it set up! For this walkthrough, we will be using the software “QuiteRSS”, as it’s free and available for both Windows and Mac. Set up should be similar for other readers though, so feel free to try different ones.
First, you’ll want to download and install QuiteRSS from their site: quiterss.org.
Next, you’ll need to copy our feed address: http://www.scotlink.org/feed/
Finally, in QuiteRSS, you’ll see a big, green plus sign at the top left. If you hold your mouse over it, you can confirm you’ve got the right button, as a tool tip saying “Add RSS Feed” should pop up. Click on “feed” from the options provided, then paste in our feed address and follow any remaining prompts.
And you’re done! From now on, a simple click of the refresh button – directly to the right of the add button – will download updates from LINK and any other sites you use RSS for. QuiteRSS is quite configurable, so feel free to have a play around and customise it to your liking – Support for that is available via their forums. Enjoy!