What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is a format that automatically brings new content from websites to your desktop. Web pages with frequently updated information will generate a separate data 'feed' which contains the article headline, summary and link back to full-text articles on the web. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, you can get these updates without having to go to the websites.
What are the benefits of using RSS?
Instead of visiting a particular Web site to browse for new articles and features, RSS automatically tells you when something new is posted online. You can subscribe to as many (or as few) feeds as you want, potentially keeping track of hundreds of sites, all in one place.
RSS feeds make keeping in touch with updates to the BSP website easy, quick and flexible. The feeds enable you to see at a glance what new content has been added in your areas of interest, without having to repeatedly visit or search the site. See an example
How do I set up my RSS?
Follow these basic steps to set up your RSS feed:
- Choose a newsreader.
- Subscribe to an RSS feed.
Note: The newsreader software you chose and signed up to use provides specific instructions on subscribing.
- Check your newsreader.
When you subscribe to an RSS feed, new posts appear in your newsreader every time a new entry to the website content you subscribed to is published.
- Click and read.
No more bookmarking and refreshing a website over and over. Go to the website only when it has new content, so you never miss a thing.
What is a news reader?
To start using RSS, you need a news reader or aggregator that displays RSS content feeds from Web sites you select. There are many different news readers available, many of which are free of charge.
- Browser news readers
Some browsers have built-in newsreaders that you can use to subscribe to feeds. If your web browser has an orange icon in the address or tool bar like this , just click on the icon to add an RSS feed as a favourite or bookmark.
Internet Explorer 7 and higher allows you to read, subscribe to, and manage feed subscriptions right inside the browser. Mac and PC users of the Firefox web browser can install a plug-in called Sage to add news-reading capabilities to the browser. On the Mac, you can use the built-in newsreader in the Safari browser to subscribe to and read feeds.
- Web-based news readers
Web-based newsreaders are online services that allow you to aggregate your feeds into a simple interface where you can read your subscriptions. These online services are usually free.
The big advantage to using a web-based newsreader is that you can log into the service from any computer. In most cases, however, you need to have Internet access to read the posts because you have to be online.
Well-known free web-based aggregators are My Yahoo!, Feedly and Feeder.
- Downloadable Applications
Some popular applications are:
Once you have set up your news reader, simply subscribe to the RSS content feeds you want.
How do I subscribe?
After you have selected a reader, subscribe to the feed by:
- clicking on the RSS button ;
- dragging the URL (the web address) of the RSS feed into your news reader; or
- cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.
Depending on the frequency you choose, the feed reader periodically asks all servers in its list of feed links if they have new content. If so, it either makes a note of the new content or downloads it.
How do I get BSP's RSS feeds for my news reader?
Select a BSP RSS feed (Media Releases | BSP Issuances | Public Advisories | BSP-Supervised Financial Institutions)
If you are using Internet Explorer, click on the link “Subscribe to this feed”.
For Firefox, select your newsreader and click “Subscribe Now”.
What are the terms and conditions for using BSP's RSS feeds?
Subscribing to BSP's RSS feeds for personal use in a news reader or as part of a non-commercial website is subject to the BSP website’s Terms and Conditions. BSP does not accept any liability for its RSS feeds.