About RSS

What is RSS?

Real Simple Syndication (RSS) is a FREE way for us to send you the news straight to your computer. Simply, it lets you know we have added new content to the website about your favourite subject.

You can see stories, pictures and multi-media in one place as they are published. Rather than browse or search nzherald.co.nz for new content related to specific types of news, you can subscribe to the related RSS feed and we will send the news to you!

When content on nzherald.co.nz is updated, it will be sent straight to your RSS reader and available for you to view at your leisure. RSS feeds contain a headline, summary and a link back to the full story on the website.

RSS is simple, free and only takes a few minutes to set up.

You can get an RSS feed of your favourite content wherever you see the orange RSS icon on our site. It appears at the top of every story.

How do I use RSS?

It's easy.

The first thing you need is an RSS reader. This is software that checks your feeds and lets you read new content as its added.

There are some good RSS readers available and they do not take long to access.

Generally, RSS readers come in two kinds. You can download a dedicated desktop reader. This allows you to store it on your main computer. Or you can set up a browser-based news reader. This allows you to catch up with your feeds from any computer, and it does not need a software download.

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, has links to more than a hundred different RSS readers in its list of news aggregators. All you have to do is go to an RSS reader and follow the instructions on set-up.

On this page you will find links to some of the more common RSS readers.

Some of the more common web-based readers are:
Bloglines
My Yahoo!
Google Reader
Rojo
Newsgator (Web-based package)

Some of the more common readers based on a software download are:
Newsgator (Software-based package)
FeedReader
FeedDemon
RSSBandit
NewzCrawler
NetNewsWire

How do I get a Herald RSS feed?

Once you have a reader, you can start deciding what Herald content you want to receive. For instance, you may want to receive Herald Entertainment News or our feed on Politics. There are literally hundreds of RSS feeds of Herald content you could receive.

There are several easy ways you can set up your Herald RSS feed.

One way is to go to a page you like and look for the orange RSS icon.

Click on it. If you have Internet Explorer 7.0 or Firefox 1.0 and above, it will automatically add the feed to your reader.

If you have an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you will be taken to a new page. Cut and paste the url of that page into your feed reader. Your reader will tell you how to save it. You are now enabled for that feed.

Don't worry, it's not as daunting as it sounds.

There is another way to access our RSS feeds. Look at the bottom left of a story or section page. There is a box headed 'Subscribe to this RSS feed'.

Now click on the link headed 'View RSS feeds'. It takes you to a page with all the different feeds you can receive. Highlight which you want, then click on RSS. This will give you a url. Just copy the address into your RSS reader.

Once enabled, you will start being sent any new content from that feed.

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