RSS Feeds

RSS FeedsWhat are RSS feeds?

RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines, pictures, videos etc, in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

Feeds are also known as News Feeds, Web Clips and XML Feeds. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

How do I start using feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Choosing an RSS feed

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the latest Arran Events gig list, simply look for the RSS icon, and click it to open the feed.

On this website, you can currently choose from:

ICON: RSS Feed Arran Events

If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

Where can I get a news reader?

There is a wide range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer. We've provided a list of links to various readers below, and each of these opens in a new window.

For Windows

For Mac OS X

Web-Based Readers

Browser-Based Readers

Using our RSS Feeds on your website

If you run your own website, you can display RSS feeds from other websites on your own site using RSS.

We encourage the use of Arran Events feeds as part of a website, however, we do require that the proper format and source is used when Arran Events content appears. The source text should read "Arran Events" or "" as appropriate. You may not use any Arran Events logo or other Arran Events trademark.

We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of Arran Events content and we do not accept any liability for our feeds. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

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