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RSS - Really Simple Syndication

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Description RSS feeds are a means where you can subscribe to information and have it delivered to you.
Author(s) Stan Skrabut (skrabutTalk)
Email Stan Skrabut
Location Room 120
University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture
Phone 307-766-3722
Last Updated 6 January, 2012



Blogs are Web-based pages for delivering news, opinions, and information. Blogs are written on an ever increasing number of subjects.

Entry to blogs are called posts and are similar to a syndicated news column. A blog typically focuses on one subject and is updated on a regular basis with the most recent post appearing at the top of the page. Depending on how the blog owner sets up the page, posts may appear in isolation or with other posts.

There are many different blogging programs available each with their own features. You can maintain a blog on a public site or host it on your own server. If you host your own blog, you will have more control of features and functionality.

Essential Requirements

RSS will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as an iPad or mobile phone.


The only equipment needed is a computer, smart phone, or iPod with a Web browser.


Access to RSS feeds is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:

Common RSS Reader Applications

Here are common RSS Readers:

You can also view your RSS feeds on the iPad with a number of different applications. Here is a list of tools: RSS Readers For The iPad.

Learning resources information

Reading List

Here are a number of articles and books worth reading on the use of RSS feeds.

Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand RSS feeds and their capabilities.


Here are RSS feed ideas for the business environment.


Here are a number of great ideas for using RSS feeds in a education environment.

Miscellaneous RSS Tips

These are tips that did not neatly fit in other places.

Professional Development

Here are some articles to put purpose behind your RSS feeds.

WordPress Tips

Here are tips specific to WordPress.

Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use RSS feeds.