Getting news updates automatically via RSS news feeds
Our RSS feed is http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/index.php?id=782&type=103
Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to see when new news content from the Guide Dogs website has been added. You can get the latest headlines and articles (or even audio files, photographs or video) in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to remember to visit each site every day.
RSS takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in. Not all websites currently provide RSS, but it is growing rapidly in popularity and many others, including the Guardian, BBC etc provide it.
How do I start using RSS feeds?
The first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.
Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. For example, if you would like the latest Guide Dog stories, simply visit the News page here and you will notice an orange RSS button on the left hand side of the page.
If you check the button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.
Most sites that offer RSS feeds use a similar orange RSS button, but some may just have a normal web link to the RSS feed.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.
Using Guide Dogs RSS feeds on your site
If you run your own website, you can use RSS feeds to display the latest headlines from the Guide Dogs site on your site. We encourage the use of Guide Dogs RSS feeds as part of a website, provided that the Site shall contain no material which is libellous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or which brings Guide Dogs into disrepute, or which is in breach of any third party intellectual property rights.
However, we do require that the proper format and attribution is used when Guide Dogs content appears. The attribution text should read "Guide Dogs" or "From Guide Dogs" as appropriate. You may not use any Guide Dogs logo or other Guide Dogs trademark.
Guide Dogs does not accept any liability for its RSS feeds displayed on third party sites. For any queries regarding news stories or publishing Guide Dogs content, please contact the Guide Dogs Press Office.