Thursday, July 10, 2014

What is an RSS feed?

What is an RSS feed?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication,” and it allows you to publish a stream of frequently updated information on your Region website, such as blogs, news, and audio and video content.
RSS has become very popular, and you’ve most likely noticed that a lot of websites have the orange RSS icon displayed somewhere on the page. This icon provides a direct link to the RSS feed and is used by readers to receive off-line feeds that run directly on their computers.

One way to easily add these icons to your Region website is to use FeedBurner which will provide your readers with an easy way of subscribing to your RSS feed. Once they subscribe, all of your Region’s breaking news and updates will be sent directly to their inbox.
It will also provide you with the number of readers that have downloaded your RSS, along with other statistics.

The beauty of RSS is that readers don’t have to constantly check your Region website to get your newest content. Instead, they can receive new content automatically by subscribing to the RSS feed on your Region website and read it using any number of widely available software programs as well as websites such as MyYahoo and iGoogle. This allows your volunteers, parents and coaches to stay up to date and current with your Region’s content on the web by conveniently organizing it in one place.
Now that you have learned a little bit more about RSS feeds, Click on the following link to sign up and place the AYSO National News Feed on your Region website. You will be entered for a chance to win a coach’s game planner. Contest ends July 25th. Sign up now!
Caution: If your Region website is an out-of-the box, shared hosting service such as Blue Sombrero or League Lineup, you may encounter issues placing your RSS feed code on to your website. You should contact the support department at your web hosting service to discuss the best way to display the RSS feeds that you receive, and to share your personal RSS feed with the world.

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