Stetson University

Web Service: RSS

Availability

This service is available to any official Stetson University entity.

What is an RSS feed?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's a web content format which, when used with an RSS reader, allows you to alert users to new or exciting content on your website. These news feeds enable users to avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites by delivering the content they want directly to them automatically.

RSS feeds are commonly used on blogs, news websites and other places with frequently updated content. Once users subscribe to an RSS feed, they can gather material from websites of their choosing. It's a very convenient format, because it allows users to view all the new content from multiple sources in one location on their desktop, browser or mobile device.

RSS is written in XML, which is a standard markup language that allows for easy interpretation of expected fields by RSS readers. The RSS icon follows:

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Before Contacting Us

RSS feeds aren't yet another social media venue to keep up with in addition to what you're already doing. Instead, they're an additional mechanism to deliver your content to end users. So, if you're interested in having your content propagated using RSS feeds, you should be able to answer these questions:

  1. Do you update your web content often enough to warrant people looking out for changes on a frequent basis?
  2. Is your web content capable of standing alone by itself as an article or post?
    • Would your content still make sense to a user who has not seen any other web page on your website?
  3. Who is your audience?
    • Who are you writing to?
    • What message do you want to communicate?
    • What kind of feedback do you expect, and how will you manage it?

If you decide that using RSS is right for you, then continue on.

What We Offer

Stetson University uses WordPress for all its RSS needs. Upon request and approval, Web Services will setup a WordPress installation for you to use. While we offer support for usage, ultimately it will be up to you to maintain the content within the system.

Getting Started

  1. Determine if your content fits into the RSS feed category of content.
  2. Use the Web Service Request form to make your request. Please explain what the goal of the website is and how you believe the RSS feed will help you to achieve it.
  3. If approved, Web Services will create a WordPress installation for you and send you the credentials to get started.

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