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How exactly does RSS work?

  • Please forgive a blog-newbie question. But, I am unsure as to how to instruct – or why instruct – viewers of my site on RSS. I’m not really sure what it is or how it works.

    My basic understanding is that ‘visitors can click on it to get email updates when a new comment is posted on my blog’. But, is that correct? And, if so, how does it work?

    Most of the folks visiting my site are NOT completely computer savvy. But, I’d like to have them receive emails when new comments are posted to my site without it being too difficult for them.

    Can anyone help explain the RSS for me?
    Thanks!

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  • Someone posted this in another post. Should help.

    Thanks for the article. That helps, a bit.

    Hmm…. so, one needs an RSS reader in order to subscribe to an RSS feed? As I mentioned, most of my visitors really aren’t ‘computer savvy’. If they get email and visit an occasional website, that’s about it. My main visitors are family and friends who want updates of our remodeling project and other postings.

    They’re not going to ‘GET’ the whole RSS thing. Is there another way for folks to get an email message when I update my site?

    You may want to look into “Email notification” plugins that allow your visitors to enter an email address for your site. Everytime you post an article or (optionally edit one) your Blog will send an email out to everyone the email list.

    Check out: http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=24045

    There are others I’m sure.

    Regards

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