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Support type: Web: Web Applications
Last updated: Mar 18, 2011
Topic ID: 21

Topic Summary

Definitions

RSS Stands for Really Simple Syndication and allows a user to subscribe to a Web site that updates content frequently. This could be news sites, blogs, or other recreational Web sites. By subscribing, a user does not have to visit the Web site each time new content is made available; instead new content is "pushed" to the user and the user is notified when new content is available.

RSS on the IT Web Site

The IT Department has decided to use RSS for the IT Blog so that when we update the blog, users can be updated with the latest information about what our staff is working on.

How to Subscribe to an RSS Feed

These examples show subscribing to the IT Blog, but you can use the same method with different URL's to subscribe to other feeds.

Internet Explorer 7 and 8

When you use Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Office Outlook 2007, you can add RSS Feeds from either program as well as view the feeds in either program.

  1. When you browse to a Web page that contains RSS information, Button imageappears in Windows Internet Explorer next to the Button image Home button. For example, visit http://www.santarosa.edu/it

RSS Feed indicator

  1. Click Button image.

A list of all available RSS Feeds on the Web page is displayed.

  1. Click the RSS Feed that you want to add.

 TIP   You can also click Button imageRSS button or, XML button in the Web page.

Outlook 2007

  1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
  2. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
  3. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed. For example, feed://www.santarosa.edu/administration/administrative-services/information-technology/blog/rss.php
  4. Click Add.
  5. Click OK.

Outlook 2010

  1. Follow the steps above for Internet Explorer to add the feed
  2. In Outlook 2010, click on File, Open, Import
  3. Select Import from the Common Feed List
  4. Select the IT Blog
  5. Click Finish

Firefox (Windows)

  1. Browse to the IT site: http://www.santarosa.edu/it and click on the feed icon (Button image) in the right side of the address bar
  2. Click on the Subscribe Now button in the browser window.

Safari for Macintosh

  1. Browse to the IT site: http://www.santarosa.edu/it and click on the RSS icon in the right side of the address bar
  2. Create a bookmark by clicking on the "+" to the left of the address bar.

Firefox (Macintosh)

  1. Browse to the IT site: http://www.santarosa.edu/it and click on the feed icon (Button image) in the right side of the address bar
  2. Click on the Subscribe Now button in the browser window.