What is RSS or XML?, You Are Asking

Let me show you how easy and rewarding this RSS-and-XML-button-business is...

You have been seeing more and more of those orange square buttons on Web sites. Well, it seems that they are revolutionizing the way people get information from the Internet, because...

The minute a Web page has been updated or a new page is added, it will be delivered automatically to your Desktop or to your My Yahoo! page, depending on how you set it up.

You can use the orange buttons to get news feeds from BBC or CNN or any other Web site. For example news, your favorite sports updates, scientific topics, latest info about your hobby and of course...

What's New At Discover-Eleuthera-Bahamas.

Once you get started, it's like having your favorite parts of the Web come to you. No need to go out and check for updates all the time.

What does RSS mean?

RSS means Really Simple Syndication. But I prefer to call it Really Simple Subscription because that's exactly what it is.

It's just a fancy abbreviation indicating that you will automatically get the latest information on Discover-Eleuthera-Bahamas or ...

... on any other Web site of you choice. You won't have to check the site every week to see what's new.

Every now and then, you will find some new interviews, stories and photos on this site that will be of interest to tourists and potential Eleuthera winter residents...

... and you guessed it, that's why there is an orange button on the upper left side of this page, too.

Without the orange button you may have missed or overlooked the latest additions to Discover-Eleuthera-Bahamas, i.e. this site.


RSS feeds are used to provide short descriptions of Web content together with a link to the new Web page.

It's so neat. No e-mail. No spam. And it's very easy to subscribe and unsubscribe. And once you start, you'll soon be tracking all your other favorite interests and news in the world.

So... How Do I Get Started?

It might be a good idea to print out the rest of this text, so you can easily follow instructions.

Two options to use RSS and XML:

Option One: If you don't want to download new software, you can get all of your feeds put into your My Yahoo! page.

Advantage: It's the easiest way to get RSS feeds.

Disadvantage: The latest feeds will not show automatically on your screen. You'll have to go to My Yahoo! to see your chosen feeds. I'll explain that below under the title How do I put my chosen RSS feeds into My Yahoo!?

Option Two: Download the free RSS Reader. -- For Mac users it's NetNewsWire at http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/ --

This is software that reads the RSS feeds from the largest news organizations right down to

What's New at Discover-Eleuthera-Bahamas?

Advantage: Every time a new feed is put on the Web, a little window at the bottom right-hand side of your screen will pop up. It will show the title and a short description of the feed. Interested in it?...

... ok, just click the link to see the full page.

Disadvantage: You'll have to download the RSS reader and possibly an additional file from Microsoft if you don't already have it on your computer.

Once you're set up with your new RSS reader, here's all you have to do...

Right-click (control-click for Mac users) any orange RSS button on a site, blog or news source that interests you. Start by right-clicking the orange button to the upper-left side of this page.


Select Copy Shortcut ("Copy Link to Clipboard" for Mac, "Copy Link Location" for Firefox browsers) and paste that URL into your RSS Reader.

And that's it! You're subscribed. The little window on the bottom right side of your computer will pop up as soon as a new RSS feed is ready for you to be viewed.

How do I put my chosen RSS feeds into "My Yahoo!"?

1. Go to Yahoo! If you already have a Yahoo! e-mail address, click on the My Yahoo!-button on the top right side.

1.1. If you don't have a Yahoo! mail address, click on Yahoo's Mail button which is also at the top right side. Then subscribe to a free Yahoo! e-mail address.

2. Now you want to add an RSS feed. Go to any site with an orange button.

2.1.: If there is an "add to My Yahoo!"-button near the orange button, left-click that Yahoo!-button and watch what happens...

Yes, in the new window that comes up you'll have to click the yellow button "Add To My Yahoo!".

The next window has a yellow bar with Go to My Yahoo! on it. Click it and Presto! You'll see the fruit of your work. Give it a try right now and get that wonderful feeling of achievement ;-)

2.2.: If there's no add to My Yahoo!-button near the orange button, right-click the orange button.


Select Copy Shortcut ("Copy Link to Clipboard" for Mac, "Copy Link Location" for Firefox browsers). Then…

Go to your "My Yahoo!"-page. At the top left side there's a link Add Content. Click it.

In the Find Content section at the top, click the Link Add RSS by URL.

Right-click into the URL address window and select Paste.

Then click the Add-button to the right. The rest is self-explanatory... but do click "Go to My Yahoo!" every time, to see what you've just added.

What about "My MSN"?

It’s offering a similar functionality to "My Yahoo!" But Yahoo! has a larger database of feeds. So, you have a wider choice. That’s why "My Yahoo!" is highly recommended.

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