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Web Design Fundamentals is a survey of Web design and development techniques and technologies, fundamental concepts, terms, and best practices involved in professional web design. Instructor James Williamson examines popular web development tools, server-side software solutions, content management solutions, and cloud-based software, providing a high-level overview of the world of Web publishing.
RSS is short for Real Simple Syndication and it is the standard means of publishing and syndicating content over the Web. Now what does that mean? Well, let's say you design a website for a client that has a section featuring movie reviews. This section will be updated regularly as new movies are released. You client wants to make sure that her reviews are being read by the widest amount of people possible. By creating a RSS feed for her reviews, newsreaders, other websites and mobile devices can subscribe to her reviews and have them update automatically.
Looking at RSS feeds from the other side, the client may also wish to display current movie industry news in another section of the site. These articles could come from one or many sources. By finding and subscribing to other site's RSS feeds, you can display their content and link directly to their articles. The RSS feed will automatically update when new content is published. Well, how does all this work? Well, RSS is a standardized XML-based format designed for distributing content. Designers or developers create an RSS file that contains headlines, descriptions, links, author name and other information specific to that content.
If you decide to use one of these services, I recommend researching and experimenting thoroughly before committing them to your finished site. Although utilizing RSS Feeds often requires back end development, which is generally the responsibility of web developers, you should be aware of how RSS Feeds work and the tools required to integrate them into your sites. Publishing and consuming RSS Feeds are a common requirement of many websites and chances are pretty high that you encounter them at some point as a web designer.
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