Site Updates

These days, there’s little in the digital world that isn’t constantly changing and developing. A personal website should be no exception.
Why update this website?
  • An outdated website faces a cascade of challenges, including security risks from vulnerable software and plugins, jeopardizing user data.
  • The user experience takes a hit with outdated design and functionality, leading to increased bounce rates.
  • Search engine rankings may decline as algorithms prioritize updated content.
  • Compatibility issues emerge with newer browsers and devices, harming the site’s display.
  • Credibility is compromised, as visitors may perceive an outdated site as unprofessional.
  • Slow loading times and outdated technology contribute to reduced performance, hindering opportunities for engagement and conversions.
  • Keeping a website updated is vital for security, functionality and a positive user experience, ensuring its competitiveness in the digital landscape.

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RSS & Atom

What Is It And How Does It Work?

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication respectively) and Atom (Atom Syndication Format) are types of web feeds allowing users and applications to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format, mostly in XML (eXtensible Markup Language). Such feeds can, for example, allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator.

RSS and Atom are the two main standards of web syndication. Atom was developed to avoid the limitations and flaws of RSS. Though Atom is more robust than RSS, the latter still remains a widely used standard. Just as how Xerox has become synonymous to photocopying, RSS has generally become a common term to refer to all feeds including Atom.

Food 4 Aggregators

Users most probably notice an error like “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below” followed by the raw feed. Or you may get a popup asking you to either safe this file or which program you wanted to use to open it with or whatever.

This is normal, as browsers are not built anymore to interpret feeds. A feed is a stream of data meant to be interpreted by a feed reader like the desktop client RSSOwl – or for Chrome install the RSS Subscription Extension or any Other Extension, you’ll find in their web store. For Firefox you may choose one of these Add-Ons and for Opera one of these Extensions. Here’s a list of feed readers that you can use: Comparison of Feed Aggregators

The following URLs get you the respective feeds. Right-click to copy these links for the Feed Aggregator of your choice (for an Atom version of any of these feeds, add /atom (instead of /feed) to the end of the above URLs.):