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Working With Web Feeds: It’s More Than RSS

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Between Google Chrome experimenting with “following” sites, along with a growing frustration of how social media platforms limit a creator’s reach to their fans through algorithmic feeds, there’s been renewed interest in RSS feeds and they’re primed for a comeback as we get into 2022.

You may have heard whispers that “RSS in dead” around the web, but the truth is that they are still widely used as virtually every podcast uses one. Maybe you used to be an RSS fan and need to get re-acquainted with it. Or maybe you’re like Chris here at CSS-Tricks and still love RSS. Whatever the case, RSS is a web technology like any other, and there are best practices for how to create and curate a feed.

That’s exactly what I’m going to walk you through in this article. Let’s talk about the different kinds of feeds, how to implement them, and what strategies you can use to get the most out of your feed content.

This post took far longer than I expected to write, but it’s finally finished. It only took 3 months instead of 6 this time. Thanks again to the CSS Tricks team for helping me with this!

I plan on adding commentary, but that’ll be an exclusive post.