What is RSS?
RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”.
If you’ve taken a look through our templates, you may have wondered what RSS is used for. In short, it’s a way to deliver automatic text updates from a website to another computer.
Using RSS is a great way to deliver up-to-date content to your Display.
How can I find RSS feeds?
You can find RSS feeds for many of your favorite news sources simply by searching the Internet. For example, searching on “New York Times News RSS” in your favourite search engine will lead you to this page where you can see the large variety of RSS feeds offered through their site.
Keep an eye out for the orange RSS icon –
This icon indicates sites where the RSS format is in use. Clicking on the RSS icon will often take you to a URL that can be pasted directly into your Content item in ScreenScape. If the URL ends in .xml or .rss, you’ll know you’re on the right track.
Create your own RSS feed
This is a lot easier than you might think. Once you set it up, posting a custom update to your Display is about as hard as writing an email.
There are many free online services that will help you create, host, and update your own RSS feeds. We suggest using Blogger.com, which works directly with your Google/Gmail account.
- Start by creating a blog with blogger.com.
- Then login to ScreenScape and create a Content item that includes RSS. (Step by step instructions here)
- Add your new blog’s RSS address in the Feed Address field. The custom address will look something like: http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
- Now add a new post to your blogger.com account.
- In a few moments, you’ll see the new post being fed straight to your ScreenScape Display.
Learn More About RSS
W3Schools has a great series of articles on RSS when you’re ready to dig deeper.