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What is RSS?

For information on RSS, visit Wikipedia (RSS).

Note that one uses an aggregator to view the articles from RSS feeds.  Many modern browsers, such as Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3, include aggregation functionalities, though other clients are listed at Wikipedia (Aggregators).

Locate the RSS feed

For CMS sites that use the news plugin, an RSS feed is automatically generated from recent news articles.

To identify the URI for this RSS feed, visit the news page for your site (nearly always and add the file name for the desired output type: 

  1. headlines.rss - news headlines only (with teaser text, if provided)
  2. news.rss - news full text

For example, the CMS news feed is at and the headlines feed is at .

Web browser detection of RSS feeds

Alternatively, if you use a modern browser, built-in functionality to detect when a feed may be available.

Internet Explorer 7 - The graphic below shows the default "feed button" that "lights up" (it actually turns orange) when a feed is available.  Clicking the button will take you to the RSS feed.

Firefox 3 - The graphic below shows the "feed button" that displays in the address bar when a feed is available.  Clicking the button will take you to the RSS feed.

When viewing the RSS feed in your browser, you can copy the URI from the address bar if you wish to subscribe to the feed using another client.

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