What are RSS feeds?
RSS or 'Really Simple Syndication' are news feeds that allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.
Specifically in the case of this website, it's to give you up-to-the-minute information about Scottish snow conditions so that you can decide when and where's best to go for some great Scottish skiing and boarding.
How do I start using feeds?
In general, the first thing you need is 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.
In order to subscribe to the Ski Scotland RSS feed you must have an RSS 2.0 compatible news reader installed on your computer. FeedDemon if you are using a Windows Operating System or NetNewsWire if you are on a Mac Operating System are two good options to consider.
Once you have your news reader installed, to subscribe to our feeds simply click on the RSS feed button on the snow conditions page(s) of your choice or you can get them all by clicking the All Areas RSS feed button on the main conditions page, from within your news reader. Alternatively you can copy the RSS link location of your choice and paste it into your news reader software.
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.
NB. RSS feeds were not designed initially to operate in web browsers and as a result feeds won't function in Internet Explorer 6 or below. You'll need to have Internet Explorer 7 or browser software such as Firefox in order to use the feeds effectively.
Where do I find a suitable news reader?
There's a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Some readers only work on certain operating systems so you'll need to make sure you choose one that's suitable for your set up. Some options include: