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Get notified when the website is updated

How 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 goal

The 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.

RSS feeds as they appear in an Email program
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.

Reading RSS website updates in an email program
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)
Often websites have a link that let you view that website's RSS feed within your web browser. Typically there will be an RSS button appear in the address field of the browser (such as that at the top of this page)


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 METHODS

There 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.
Some browsers let you subscribe to your mail program directly from your web browser. If you look on this example page (picture above), there is a link you can click on that automatically adds the RSS feed ("subscribe") to your email program (see red instructions).

Method 2: Copy and paste the feed URL.
Not all browsers let you subscribe automatically to your preferred program. In these cases you need to copy and paste the special URL into your program (Email/ newsreader/ screensaver/ etc). If you go to the address field for the news feed page in your web browser, you will be able to cut and paste the address (URL). It will start with feed:// instead of http:// . As you can see, the general website feed URL for the canoe club is feed://www.uqcanoeclub.net/atom.xml

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.

Select 'add RSS feeds' from the menu

Paste the club's news feed URL into the box.

Paste your 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.
Moving the RSS feed into the inbox

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.