What Is RSS (Really Simple Syndication)?


RSS or RDF Site Summary or Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication are the same. RSS is a standard created to allow web page feed in order to clients to follow new posts and updates easily with RSS client. RSS standard is used to follow multiple sites with a single application where newly added contents or updates will be automatically listed with an RSS client application. The passing of the content is called web syndication.

RSS History

The work about web syndication is started in 1995 but these efforts couldn’s succseed. The RDF Site Summary which is the first version of the RSS is released by Netscape in March 1999. This is also versioned as RSS 0.91. With further development the RDF Site Summary is renamed as Risch Site Summary.

In December 2001 O’Reilly Media and Moreover produced the RSS 1.0 version and reintroduced support for RDF and XML namespaces. In September 2002, Winer released RSS 2.0.

In September 2004, the RSS icon to be used in Mozilla Firefox browsers. This icon later used by Microsoft , Opera as the icon for the RSS feeds.

RSS Versions

RSS standard or format is not changed much recently It is updated in the first years of the creation and current recent version of the RSS is 2.1.

RSS 0.90 is the first official version of the RSS which is created by Netscape. It was called as RDF Site Summary.

RSS 1.0 is an open format which is created by RSS-DEV Working Group and not fully compatible with 0.90 version.

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RSS 1.1is also an open format where it provides updates to version 1.0 but it will not become popular because it is not endorsed by RSS-Dev Working Group.

RSS 2.0 provides multiple and confusing version numbers like 0.91, 0.92 or 2.0.1 but it provides simple updates over the version 1.0. Version 2.0.1 is the most popular version.

RSS Benefits and Advantages

Even RSS is not complex or popular or graound bracking technology it provides some benefits and advantages. Below we will list some of the benefits and advantages of the RSS usage.

  • RSS allows users to track posts and updates about sites easily without navigating to the site.
  • Multiple even hundreds of web sites can be tracked easily.
  • Desktop, Mobile, Web-based RSS clients can be used to track web site updates from anywhere.
  • New torrents can be tracked easily by using RSS client
  • New news can be tracked easily by using RSS client

RSS URL or Link

RSS is provided via a special URL or link. This URL contants XML formattet RSS content which contains updates and posts about given site.RSS is also called as feed and generally the /feed or /rss URIs are used to provide RSS content. As an example poftut.com RSS is provided via following URL.

https://www.poftut.com/feed/

RSS Content

RSS content is formatted in XML format and contains information like title, link, description, language, image, creator, tags, etc. about the post. also, information about the RSS feeds like rss version, content type, etc.

RSS Content
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><rss version="2.0"
	xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/"
	xmlns:wfw="http://wellformedweb.org/CommentAPI/"
	xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
	xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom"
	xmlns:sy="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/syndication/"
	xmlns:slash="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/slash/"
	>

<channel>
	<title>POFTUT</title>
	<atom:link href="https://www.poftut.com/feed/" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" />
	<link>https://www.poftut.com</link>
	<description>Linux, Windows, Security, Programming, Network Tutorials</description>
	<lastBuildDate>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 07:40:46 +0000</lastBuildDate>
	<language>en-US</language>
	<sy:updatePeriod>
	hourly	</sy:updatePeriod>
	<sy:updateFrequency>
	1	</sy:updateFrequency>
	<generator>https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2</generator>

<image>
	<url>https://www.poftut.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-Selection_017-1-150x150.png</url>
	<title>POFTUT</title>
	<link>https://www.poftut.com</link>
	<width>32</width>
	<height>32</height>
</image> 
	<item>
		<title>What Is Elasticsearch?</title>
		<link>https://www.poftut.com/what-is-elasticsearch/</link>
					<comments>https://www.poftut.com/what-is-elasticsearch/#respond</comments>
		
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[İsmail Baydan]]></dc:creator>
		<pubDate>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 07:40:43 +0000</pubDate>
				<category><![CDATA[Big Data]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[Database]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[NoSQL]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[big data]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[elasticsearch]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[lucene]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[mongodb]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[nosql]]></category>
		<guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.poftut.com/?p=30099</guid>

					<description><![CDATA[<img width="150" height="150" src="https://poftut.b-cdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/image-73-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="What Is Elasticsearch?" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" />Elasticsearch is a search engine that is based on the Apache Lucene project and library. Elasticsearch provides NoSQL features plus ... <p class="read-more-container"><a title="What Is Elasticsearch?" class="read-more button" href="https://www.poftut.com/what-is-elasticsearch/#more-30099">Read more<span class="screen-reader-text">What Is Elasticsearch?</span></a></p>]]></description>
										<content:encoded><![CDATA[<img width="150" height="150" src="https://poftut.b-cdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/image-73-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="What Is Elasticsearch?" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" />
<p><code>Elasticsearch</code> is a search engine that is based on the Apache Lucene project and library. Elasticsearch provides NoSQL features plus some advantages and acts like a big database. Also, Elasticsearch provides distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search over the HTTP protocol and web interface. </p>

How To Find RSS Feed

RSS feeds are generally directly provided via web sites following URLs and the most popular URL is /feed.

https://www.poftut.com/feed

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https://www.poftut.com/rss

Best RSS Clients/Software

RSS feeds are consumed via different type of clients. There are mobile, desktop, web based RSS clients which can be used in different use cases. Some clients provides integrated experience by providing integrated mobile, web and desktop at the same time. Below we will list some of the popular and useful RSS clients.

Windows RSS Clients/Software

Below you can find the best RSS clients and software for Windows operating systems like Windows 7,8,10 and Windows Servers.

  • Omea Readers
  • Nextgen Reader
  • RSSOwl
  • NewsFlow
  • Veen Feed Reader
  • QuiteRSS

Linux RSS Client/Software

Below you can find the best RSS clients and software for Linux distributions Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali, Fedora, CentOS, RHEL, OpenSUSE.

  • RSSowl
  • TinyTiny RSS
  • Akregator
  • FreshRSS
  • Selfoss
  • QuiteRSS

MacOSX RSS Client/Software

Below you can find the best RSS clients and software for MacOS X.

  • Reeder
  • News Explorer
  • Safari
  • Vienna

Android RSS Client/Software

Below you can find the best RSS clients and software for Android smartphones and devices.

  • Aggregator
  • Feedly
  • Flipboard
  • Flym
  • Inoreader

iOS/iPhone/iPad RSS Client/Software

Below you can find the best RSS clients and software for iOS, iPhone, iPad devices.

  • Feedly
  • Unread
  • Lire
  • Fiery Feeds
  • Inoreader

Web RSS Client/Software

Web RSS clients or software is more practical and portable then other platforms RSS clients. Web RSS clients can be used from different computers and phones easily without need to install software. Perfonally I prefer web RSS clients for the Windows and Linux operating systems.

  • DiggReader
  • Feedreader Online
  • CommaFeed
  • FlowReader
  • Feedly
  • Inoreader
  • Feedspot
  • The Old Reader

Feedly RSS Client

I use RSS feeds heavily in my daily business and social life. I have tried different types and platform RSS clients the most convenient and user-friendly RSS client is Feedly. Feedly provides both mobile applications and web interfaces. Feedly provides integrated and synced experience where already read updates on the mobile sync to the web interface. Below you can see the web interface of the Feedly.

Feedly RSS Client

The left sidebar provides RSS feed categories which are very useful to separate different topics. Also, new feeds can be added easily with the + sign. Another useful feature of Feedly is the RSS feed can be found without providing the exact feed URL by just typing the topic or web site domain.

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