We all probably follow a variety of blogs either through email subscriptions or RSS feeds.

According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS)

RSS (Rich Site Summary; originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication) is a type of web feed[2] which allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format. These feeds can, for example, allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator. The news aggregator will automatically check the RSS feed for new content, allowing the content to be automatically passed from website to website or from website to user. This passing of content is called web syndication. Websites usually use RSS feeds to publish frequently updated information, such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called “feed”, “web feed”,[3] or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author’s name.

Adding an RSS Aggregator to your website gives you a convenient place to read all your favourite blogs (and share them too!).

This activity walks you through adding the FreshRSS Application to your Domain.

I tried a few different RSS applications and had some problems with installation.  I found FreshRSS and it worked perfectly. It’s easy to use. I started adding RSS feeds here: https://learn4growth.com/rss/

From the Applications area in cpanel, open All Applications and find this App in the “Miscellaneous” section of the Apps list.

Apps List

In the Location part of the install settings, you can see that I set up my RSS as a subdirectory install.  You could also choose to make a subdomain instead if you wish.

subdirectory

In the Administrator settings, you should save your username and password.

userid

When the installatron finishes installing the app, you can login with the username and password you created/saved.

login

Once you are in to the app, you can organize your RSS feeds by categories.   Click on “Subscriptions Management” (if it’s not already connected).

management

Once you’ve created your categories, you can add your RSS feeds.  In my example, I went and found the RSS feed link for the Free Technology for Teachers Blog and entered it into the “Add a RSS feed” box.

RSS

The app will pull in the relevant information. You can change the title, description etc.  You can also choose a category to allow you to organize large number of feeds. Once you are happy with the information, click ‘submit’

You can add categories at any time or re-categories RSS feeds easily. Click on the “gear” icon beside the RSS feed you wan to change. This will open the information page allowing you to change the settings.

Similar to other apps on the web, you can add a “bookmarklet” to the bookmarks bar in your browser so you can quickly add RSS feeds as you find them.

bookmarklet

To view your RSS feeds, go to the RSS directory you created (Mine is here: https://learn4growth.com/rss/).  You can view all the feeds at once or by category/feed name (click on the appropriate link on the left side bar menu.

listing of RSS feeds

 

 

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