Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) or Rich Site Summary is a format of data for delivering regularly changing web content.Without RSS, users will have to check the site daily for new updates that is very time-consuming.Since RSS data is small and fast-loading, it can easily be used with services like as cell phones or PDA‘s also.


An RSS document (which is called a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and author information.


A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs.They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favourite websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.


As RSS files are essentially XML formatted plain text, the RSS file itself is relatively easily read both by automated processes and by human.This could be placed on any appropriate communication protocol for file retrieval, such as http or ftp, and reading software would use the information to present a neat display to the end user.

[sourcecode language=”plain”]
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″ ?>
<rss version=”2.0″>

<description>This is an example of an RSS feed</description>
<lastBuildDate>Sun, 15 Apr 2012 02:57:45 +0000</lastBuildDate>
<pubDate>Sun, 15 Apr 2012 02:52:32 +0000 </pubDate>

<title>Example entry</title>
<description>Here is some text containing a description.</description>
<guid>unique string per item</guid>
<pubDate>Sun, 15 Apr 2012 02:52:32 +0000 </pubDate>



Quick view to RSS

  • RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication
  • RSS is written in XML
  • RSS defines an easy way to share and view headlines and content
  • RSS allows you to syndicate your site content
  • RSS files can be automatically updated
  • RSS allows personalized views for different sites


Benefits of using RSS

It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in.You save time by not needing to visit each site individually.
With RSS it is possible to distribute/spread up-to-date web content from one website to thousands of other websites around the world easily.


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