Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Solar Panel Quoter Blog now listed on Technorati / How to use our RSS Feed

You'll now find Solar Panel Quoter Blog listed on Technorati.

In just a few short weeks, we've covered everything from solar energy to wind power, and circled the globe bringing you the latest snippets of news from the renewable energy industry and how renewable energy is changing the lives of everyone.

So thank you for following us so far and don't go anywhere - we've got loads more where that came from.

To be sure you don't miss out - subscribe to our RSS Feed using the button at the top of this page.

Not sure how to use RSS? Use our simple guide below.

What is an RSS Feed?
News feeds 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.

Feeds are also known as RSS. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

How do I start using it?
In general, the first thing you need is something called 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. Some are email based - check if your email program can handle RSS subscriptions.

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.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive.

If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.

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.

How do I get a news reader?
There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

Can I use these feeds on my own website?
If you run your own website, you can display the latest headlines from other websites on your own site using RSS.

We encourage the use of the Solar Panel Quoter feed/s as part of a website, however, we do require that the proper format and attribution is used when Solar Panel Quoter content appears. The attribution text should read "Solar Panel Quoter " or "" as appropriate. You may not use any Solar Panel Quoter logos, artwork or other Solar Panel Quoter trademarks.

We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of Solar Panel Quoter News content and FSolar Panel Quoter does not accept any liability for its feeds nor the content of any third party websites.

*with thanks to Fabulous Photo Gifts for the use of their guide to using an RSS feed.


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