RSS URLs available for this site

What does “XML” or “RSS” mean?

An icon that looks like this: or the words “RSS”, “XML”, or a link that says “Syndicate this site” means that excerpts of each new recipe are made available for others to use on their websites or to access through a news feed reader program.

What is a “news feed reader” program?

Rather than manually checking in on each of the weblogs or news sites that you enjoy, you can instead use a news feed reader program that will compile all of the latest headlines and excerpts of your favorite sites that have enabled RSS – sometimes known as “Really Simple Syndication”. With a news feed reader you can easily and freely subscribe to content from enabled websites.

For example, say there were several cooking weblogs that interested you. Rather than looking at each one everyday for new content, you could subscribe to their new content – their “news feeds”- in your news feed reader program, which with the click of one button would show you a list of the headlines of all new entries from all the sites to which you subscribe. Clicking on the headline would give you an excerpt for the entry and a link to the actual site. This way you could more easily choose to read the entries that interested you the most.

You can get a free news feed reader – NetNewsWire Lite – for the Mac at http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/ and for the PC a free trial of Feed Demon at http://www.bradsoft.com/feeddemon/index.asp. A free web-based newsreader is available at www.bloglines.com.

Why is RSS a good thing?

The ability to subscribe to content using RSS means that you can easily get content that you want without every having to worry about spam. The content doesn’t go to your email box, it goes to a news feeder. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to whatever content you want.

How can I get notified of new recipes posted to this site?

The first step is to download a news feed reader. The next is to copy and paste this site’s RSS URL into your news feed reader where it says to subscribe to a new feed. The RSS URL for this site is:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/elise/simplyrecipes

Find a few other sites with RSS feeds that interest you and subscribe to them as well. As often as you want, check the news feed reader as you would check email.

How do I know if a site is RSS enabled?

Usually sites post a little button that says RSS or XML or a link that says “Syndicate this site”. Clicking on one of these buttons or links will take you to a page with a lot of ugly text on it. Never mind the text, just copy the URL that appears in the URL window for the page and use that URL to subscribe to the site in your news feed reader.