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What are content feeds?

Throughout this website you'll see little orange boxes that look like this .

These little boxes are called content feeds (also known as "RSS", "web feeds", "news feeds", or sometimes just "feeds"), and they allow you to subscribe to different parts of our website.

Subscribing to a content feed will allow you to stay on top of any new content without actually having to visit our website. While we would love for you to visit our site daily, we know that may not be convenient for you. This is especially true if you are only intersted in certain areas of our website.

It works like this - you subscribe to a feed with a program on your computer or through a web service, and that program or service checks our website for new content for you.

Unlike an email newsletter, you don't provide us with an email address to send content to you. Rather you pull the content to you, it's anonymous, and you can unsubscribe from a feed at any time.

Now that you know what to look for, you'll notice just how many of the sites you routinely visit have feeds.

If you're still not sure about feeds, perhaps this short video from Common Craft will help.




How do I use a feed?

1. Choose a Feed Reader

There are all sorts of programs out there that can read a feed, some of which are free and some are not.

At a minimum, most email programs (Thunderbird, Outlook, Entorage, etc.) and web browsers (Firefox, Explorer, Safari, etc.) can read feeds.

Other programs are designed specifically to read and organize all of the feeds you subscribe to, tend to display them in a more appealing manner, and are particularly useful if you subscribe to lots of feeds.

These programs often look just like email programs with the websites portrayed like "mail folders" and the individual articles or pages portrayed like emails.

Just like with email, there are also web-based feed readers. Google Reader is an example of a free service, but it is only one of many.

BCCA does not recommend or endorse any particular program or service, so you should feel free to search for whichever program or online service best suits your needs.

2. Decide which feeds you want to subscribe to

You can do this right from a page where you see an orange box, or you can see all of the feeds we offer on our website at the top of this page.

3. Subscribe to a feed

Subscribing to a feed is really a three part process:

First, you find the button or option in your feed reader program that allows you to add a subscription. When you click on the option, your program will ask you for a feed address.

Second, right-click on the orange box of the page you want to subscribe to, and select, "Copy Link Location".

Third, go back to your feed reader and paste the link you just copied into the space where you are to enter the feed address.

And that's it.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

The instructions on this page are used in accordance with their creative commons license from the BC Co-op Association's website (