Do you want to be kept up to date on posts from Low Tech Combat and don't necessarily want to have to come to the site?
Well, we have two ways that you can subscribe to this site and receive updates as they occur. The main way is with our RSS feed.
What is RSS?
RSS is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favourite websites. RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'.
You used to have to use 'bookmarks', which required that you manually had to return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added or updated.
The problems with bookmarking
- You, as the web surfer had to do all the work,
- It can get complicated when you try to keep track of many sites at once,
- You can miss information when you forget to check your bookmarks for a while and
- You end up seeing the same information on sites that don't update their sites very often.
What if you could tell a website to let you know every time a site updates its information? Well, in a sense, that is what RSS does for you.
RSS saves you time and lets you easily and quickly get updated when new content is published.
Many people describe it as a news feed that you subscribe to. And it is like a normal magazine subscription in a way. It delivers information to your door so to speak. However instead of going to your door, it goes to your 'RSS Reader' every time your favourite site updates.
How to use RSS
The first thing to do is get an RSS Reader. This is easy. These are simple to use and free. I use Google Reader. Other alternatives are MyYahoo, MyMSN and Bloglines although there are many more out there. Just do a search for them. They are all very easy to use and once you have one, just subscribe to a feed and see what happens.
Find some Feeds to Subscribe to
There are two places to look for a sites feed, either:
- On the site, or
- In your browser
Over the last few years you may have noticed a lot of widgets and buttons popping up on sites and blogs that you visit. Little orange buttons and counters etc. stating how many readers a blog has and links called RSS, XML, Atom and many more.
Some of these are shown below:
Any time you see these buttons, it means that site has a feed you can subscribe to and to do so, you just click on them. From then you just follow the instructions given. Their are buttons on this site on top right hand side, on the top of the side bar and at the bottom of every post. Just click on one of these buttons to subscribe to get a feed sent to your reader.
Most internet browsers these days have the ability to find and subscribe to RSS Feeds built right into them. When surfing a site you can usually tell if a site has a feed by looking at the right hand side of the address bar or just below it on one of your toolbars such as what can be seen now, as a feed is available from Low Tech Combat.
To subscribe to a feed by using the browser, just click on the button as just described and follow the instructions. Its very easy.
Once you have subscribed to a site or two, you will see the feeds appearing in your feed reader for you to read all in the one place. Your reader will show you the latest posts from feeds you have subscribed to.
Not Keen on RSS? Try Email Subscription
If the above seems too complicated right now, you can subscribe to Low Tech Combat via Email as well. All you have to do is enter your email address into the space provided in the sidebar just below the RSS option and click 'subscribe'.
You can unsubscribe at any time and your email address will only be used to send you your feeds. Nothing else.
Further Information on RSS
You may want to check out some RSS Feeder sites:
I hope this answers your question for what RSS is.
Have a go, Subscribe to Low Tech Combat now!
Special thanks to Darren at ProBlogger for providing the information about RSS!