RSS Feeds and HotUKDeals
With the entire information racing across the internet, keeping up with the latest news stories can be pretty tedious and hard work. Not so if you use an RSS Reader , which is like your own constantly updated personal newspaper. :smile:
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, as defined by some . RSS is a lightweight XML format designed for sharing hot-topics and other web content. Each RSS text file contains both static information about the site, plus dynamic information about hot stories. RSS allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving summaries of the latest content from the sites you are interested in, as soon as they are published . RSS feeds need only low-bandwidth and thus download in seconds, even with a dialup connection. In short, if you need to instantly learn whats new on a site, just check its feed.
But, dont email newsletters offer the similar advantages? Yes, they do. The issue then is how often do you want to receive a newsletter? In a site like HUKD, several hot deals are posted every day and you will miss out if you wait for the email buddy to arrive at your PC. Further, the plague of spam is steadily killing the effectiveness of e-mail publishing and web-feeds are not only more orderly and time-efficient than e-mail newsletters theyre also spam-proof. Feed is automatically updated so you never have to worry about deleting old emails either.
Interested :smile: ? Well, the first thing you need a software called News Reader or Feed Reader that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that has been added to them. There are two categories of Feed Readers: Browser based and PC based (downloadable). Browser-based news readers let you read your RSS subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your PC, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail. Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera 7.50 and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds when you visit a website and can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier.
Here is a list of few Feed Readers:
Mac OS X: http://www.newsfirerss.com/
After choosing a Feed Reader, visit HUKD main page where you will see an orange coloured RSS button http://www.hotukdeals.com/images/rss_feed.gif
. If you click on the button you can subscribe to the feed either by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your Feed reader or by cutting and pasting the URL into the new feed in your Reader. You have the choice of subscribing to Hottest Deals or All Deals and even customising your own feeds. :smile: