Website via Email
Get notified when the website is updatedHow often do you check the club website? Would you like to be notified when its updated? This page explains how.
The notification method is called RSS (news feeds). All you need do is cut and paste an RSS URL into a suitable program such as a modern email program, news reader, and/or screen saver. The method many people prefer is to have updates show up in their email program automatically - as though they were email.
This page explains how to receive website updates in your email client. It is actually very simple to do. In this example, the Safari browser (Windows or mac) and the mail program (mac) is used. Other mail programs and browsers may have slightly different methods, but the basic idea is just the same.
The goalThe goal is to get new website postings ("feeds") to appear in your email program. The "feed" can be set to appear as though they were a normal email account.
To so this, the email program must "subscribe" to the RSS feed. This is simply a special kind of URL that the website supports. In this picture, notice how the RSS feeds are listed just like separate email accounts within the email inbox.
Email program showing emails, with RSS feeds acting like email accounts.
When you click on the RSS feed, it lists recent and read website posts just like it would show email.
Mail program showing how website updates are read.
Is this what you want? Here is how to do it
Step one: get the correct RSS address (i.e. the news feed URL)
or the page will have an "RSS" button ( or ). Clicking on these will bring up the RSS feed in your web browser (the club site has both).
When you bring up the RSS feed in your browser, it will show you all the latest posts on the website. Something like this...
RSS feed shown within a browser (note the URL in the address field)
... to return to your web page, press the RSS button in the address field again.
TWO METHODSThere are TWO methods that may be used by your system to get the address (URL) into your email program.
Method 1: Use your web browser.
Method 2: Copy and paste the feed URL.
Every program that has the ability to "subscribe" to a newsfeed, will have a menu option somewhere that will allow you to paste a RSS feed's URL into it. These screenshots are from the Mail email program (mac).
Open your mail program, and select "add RSS feed" from the menu.
Paste the club's news feed URL into the box.
If you wish your RSS feed to appear in your email inbox, then click on "Show in inbox".
Moving the feed into your inbox"Email applications may list your RSS feeds separately to your email accounts. At any time you can instead show your RSS feed within your mail's inbox, rather than in a separate section. Simply right click on the RSS feed icon, and select the corresponding option.
Hopefully this guide will help you subscribe to canoe club news feeds from your email or related program. It is really simply a matter of cutting and pasting a simple URL. Don't let the "feed://" and terminology confuse you. Configuring a real email account in your email program is a lot harder than this.