An RSS or XML feed provides Internet users with a way to
gain information about selected websites without directly visiting the
website. The Internet user needs to have obtained an RSS reader. I use
Sharpreader but there are others. Sharpreader can be obtained from:
To subscribe to a feed what one does is click on an RSS or XML icon and
drag it to the browser address window of your RSS reader. which you will need to
have running, but can be minimised to the quick launch bar in Windows
systems. One then selects Subscribe to capture the websites' RSS feed.
Subsequently, any updates to subscribed feeds provides an opportunity to
decide whether to access the subscribed website or not.
Using a feed reader provides a quick way of keeping up to date with a
website's updates easily. For further information the BBC website link provides
The screen shot above shows SharpReader open with the subscribed feed to
the FreshfordSomerset web site selected. The list of subscribed feeds is
used to see whether a website has a new page or new information.
Alternatively, one would have to either visits these web sites regularly
or subscribe to email. You can see by my subscribed feeds that I am a
computer geek with photographic interests :)