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RSS Feed Tutorial

Training April 26, 2018

Have you noticed the little symbols which can be found on the top of each category of the Firearms Canada website? This is called an RSS Feed and by clicking on it you can subscribe to a category that interests you most and receive an alert for any new content specific to that feed.

What is an RSS Feed?
RSS feed stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, which is essentially simple text files that when submitted to feed directories, will allow subscribers to see new content once it’s been added.

This means that you won’t have to search through feeds on Firearms Canada and try to determine what is new and what is old, you will automatically get updates for new items posted, so long as you have subscribed to that RSS feed.

What do I need to subscribe to an RSS feed?
To subscribe to an RSS feed you will need something called a feed reader which can group your content based on its category to be read and viewed effortlessly.

A feed reader or feed aggregator is a way to view all your feeds at one time via one interface. There are many different types of feed readers, some are web-based which means you view content from your internet browser using a specific feed reader. Some internet browsers will also have built-in feed readers, while others come in the form of an application on your computer desktop. There are also feed readers available for those of you that like to use your mobile device to view things and also email based feed readers that you can adjust the frequency of notifications for.

 

Follow the steps below to set up your RSS Feed on Firearms Canada. You can click the pictures below to enlarge them.

Step 1: Login to your Firearms Canada Account and go to the main page of the website.


Step 2: Click on a category of interest to you that you want RSS feed updates for.
Categories on Firearms Canada include:

  1. Air  Rifles/ Pistols and Paintball,
  2. Ammo and Reloading,
  3. Antique / Memorabilia,
  4. Bows / Crossbows,
  5. Firearms- Non-Restricted,
  6. Firearms – Prohibited,
  7. Firearms – Restricted,
  8. Gear and Equipment,
  9. Knives, Swords, Bayonets,
  10. Optics, and
  11. Parts / Accessories and Cleaning Supplies



Step 3: Click on the RSS Feed symbol in the desired category on Firearms Canada. When you do this, coding will be generated in your web browser, you won’t need to do anything with this.


Step 4A:  If you do not have a feed reader, then you will need to select the URL that shows up in your web browser for the feed you selected on and copy it.

Step 4B:  If you do have a feed reader, you may have a box pop up like the one illustrated in the picture below to subscribe to that feed without using the URL link.


Step 5A: If you do not have a feed reader, you will need to get one. This can be done by doing a simple Google Search for “Feed Readers”  and once you have selected a feed reader that best suits your wants and needs you will need to paste the URL you copied from the feed and put it into your feed reader (as outlined in Step 4A). This will subscribe you to that feed.


Step 5B: If you have a feed reader, and you have clicked Subscribe (as outlined in Step 4B) you can then click on the symbol for RSS Feeds to view updates. The feed reader illustrated in the picture below is of a built-in browser feed reader which is an extension for Google Chrome.


Step 6: When viewing ads through the feed reader, if you find one of interest you would like to contact the seller about or want additional information on, you can click on the link for the ad which will re-direct you to the ad listing on the website.

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