About RSS/XML Feeds

What is RSS?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication," and is a popular way for websites to syndicate their content. Reverend Fun publishes cartoon and news content in an RSS feed. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, you can receive that content as soon as it's published, without the need to visit the website. Subscribing to an RSS feed is free.

Is it like email?

Yes, RSS is similar in many ways to email. Like email, you can subscribe to the content you want and have it sent directly to you. However, RSS has several advantages over email. You don't have to provide any personal information (like an email address) when you subscribe to an RSS feed, and you don't have to go through a complicated process to unsubscribe from a feed ... unsubscribing is just a matter of deleting that feed. In short, RSS is safer and easier to manage than email.

How do I read an RSS feed?

To read an RSS feed you'll need to use a program that can receive and read RSS. Some email programs and web browsers have the ability to read RSS feeds built-in and some have RSS plug ins available. However, many people use programs called RSS readers to manage and read their RSS subscriptions. There are many RSS readers available for all computer platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), and many of them are free. A Google search will find many options.

If you don't want to use a separate program to read RSS feeds and you are not satisfied with the RSS capabilities of your email client or web browser, there are several web-based services that let you read and manage RSS feeds online using your normal web browser. Bloglines is one such service.

So how do I subscribe to the Reverend Fun RSS feed?

Subscribing is fairly straightforward:

  1. Set up a program to read RSS feeds (see "How do I read an RSS feed?" above for details on doing this).
  2. Create a new channel in your RSS reader program with the URL of the feed to which you'd like to subscribe. Each RSS reader program has its own way of subscribing to a feed, so follow the instructions for whichever program you're using. The URL for the Reverend Fun feed is http://www.reverendfun.com/features/rss/index.php?language=en. Note that you can remove ?language=en or change the language code to another as long as Reverend Fun supports it.
  3. That's it! Once you've created your new channel, you are subscribed to that feed and will receive new content automatically whenever it is posted.

Can I republish content from the Reverend Fun RSS feed?

It is possible to republish the content of the Reverend Fun feed. You will need to research the process online. Prebuilt programs such as Magpie (PHP) that are very easy to use. The Reverend Fun RSS feed includes a custom namespace (custom RSS elements) that can be used if you choose not to use the preformatted HTML descriptions of the RSS items. You can find out more about the custom namespace at http://www.reverendfun.com/features/rss/namespace_doc.php