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    Basically, i don't know what it is, why its good, or how to get it on my website. The more i read about it, it seems the less i understand. Can somebody help clear up these questions for me? thank you

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    It allows you to publish a list of news items for your site, or retrieve news items from other sites and publish it on your own (assuming that is allowed by their terms of service).

    RSS is a subset of extensible markup language: XML.
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    So i need to enclose my site in xml tags to have it?

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    Well, an RSS feed is a separate page on your site. It's marked up in a certain way so that feed readers can read the XML and understand its contents. If you want an example, have a look at WDF's feed. It's entirely possible seeing an examlpe will help clarify what information is conveyed by the feeds and how :-)

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    You are thinking of two separate things here really ...

    1) An RSS feed where you let people subscribe to anything new
    on your site. A server-side script (like PHP) can build the XML RSS
    code for a visitor's feeder by reading from a database of yours that
    is displaying your web page information, like a blog.

    2) An RSS "grabber" so to speak, where you go out to someone else's
    website and gather news stories to display on your website. This again
    can be a server-side script.

    There are pre-made scripts that can do either one of the RSS things
    mentioned above.

    An example of why I might use an RSS feed. When I visit my Yahoo
    home page, I now see a list of the latest blog entries from a friend's website
    because when I first visited his blog, I "syndicated" (subscribed) to the feed by
    clicking on the "yahoo RSS feed" button. His site provides several buttons for
    various RSS readers. I can see when he enters a new blog entry each time
    I visit my Yahoo page. I can read his entries without visiting his site.


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    alright thanks


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