How to Use our RSS Feeds

rss feedRSS Feeds are a handy way to keep up to date with our latest products and blog articles without having to visit our website and check for what's new. Unfortunately, RSS Feeds are a little techy, and therefore not the easiest for everyone to take advantage of. Below are a few tips on how to make the most of our RSS Feeds and stay up-to-date on what's happening on our website.

What is an RSS Feed?

An RSS Feed is basically a list of links to items on our website. The RSS Feed is constantly updated whenever we add new content.  It provides the content within our website in a sort of "Plain Text" format, so it can be shared across many different applications and devices.

How Do I Use an RSS Feed from Scott's Rocks?

facebook feed singleWell, if you are fan of Scott's Rocks & Gems on Facebook, then you already use our RSS Feed and may not have known it! We use the RSS Feed from our Latest Editions to post to our Facebook Page whenever we add new products. 

But what if you're not a Facebook User, or you want to be able to see what's new at Scott's Rocks & Gems without first having to go to our website or to Facebook or without even launching your web browser? In that case, our website developer (Levi of Sidfilmz) recommends using your current Email Software to load RSS Feeds.  If you use any of the popular desktop email apps, such as Thunderbird, Outlook, Apple Mail, or Windows Live Mail, you can add an RSS Feed just as if you were adding a new email account.

For Windows Live Mail (link):

rss windows liveBefore you get started, make sure you have the URL for the RSS feed you want to add.

  1. Open Windows Live Mail by clicking the Start button
  2. In the search box, type Mail, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Live Mail
  3. In the left pane, click Feeds
  4. Click the Home tab, and then click Feed
  5. Type the web address for the RSS feed, and then click OK.
  6. To view the feed, click the RSS feed under Your feeds

For Apple Mail (link):

rss apple mailBefore you get started, make sure you have the URL for the RSS feed you want to add.

  1. Launch Mail by clicking on its icon in the Dock or from your Applications Folder
  2. Select "File" from the top menu and click on "Add RSS Feeds"
  3. Click on the radio button next to "Specify a Custom Feed URL"
  4. Select the checkbox next to "Show in Inbox" if you want the updated feed items to show up in your inbox with the rest of your mail
  5. Type in the RSS feed URL in the box below and click "Add" to add this feed to Mail's feed reader
  6. Look under "RSS" on the left side of Apple Mail's window to see all the feeds

For Outlook (link):

rss outlookBefore you get started, make sure you have the URL for the RSS feed you want to add.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings
  2. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New
  3. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed
  4. Click Add
  5. Click OK

For Thunderbird (link):

rss thunderbirdBefore you get started, make sure you have the URL for the RSS feed you want to add.

Step 1: Create an RSS Account
First you must create an account in Thunderbird for your RSS feeds.

  1. In the Menu Bar, click "File-->New-->Other Accounts" - the Account Wizard window appears
  2. Select Blogs & News Feeds, then click Next
  3. Type a name for your RSS account in the Account Name box, then click Next
  4. Click Finish

Step 2: Subscribe to Feeds
Next, choose the feeds you want to subscribe to.

  1. Use your web browser to open a website that you want to subscribe to
  2. Click your RSS account name in the folders pane
  3. Click Manage subscriptions
  4. In the Feed URL box, right-click and paste the link address from the website
  5. Click Add - our newly subscribed feed now appears under your RSS account folder in the folder pane

More Ways to Use Our RSS Feeds

Another way to stay up-to-date with our new content is to use an RSS Feed Reader in your web browser. The most popular one by far is Google Reader, but if you are comfortable with Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer Extensions, you can search through the appropriate web browser extensions/plugins list for an "RSS Feed Reader" to find one that works well with your preferred web browser.

Additionally, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and users of other smart-devices can search their applicable App Stores for an "RSS Feed Reader" and find one that works well with your device.

Again, if you already use a software app to read your emails on a desktop, notebook, or handheld device, it is very convenient and easy to add RSS Feeds within that application to keep things simple and consolidated, but no one method works for everybody. If you have further questions about how to use our RSS Feeds, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help you.