Pallet Enterprise, TimberLine, and
Materials Handling Add RSS Feed
With millions of sites on the Web, it can be hard to keep up with
your favorite sites. Industrial Reporting Inc., the publisher of
Pallet Enterprise, TimberLine, and Materials Handling
recently added Real Simple Syndication (RSS) to make it even easier
to keep tabs on the latest news and industry information.
RSS delivers content directly to a reader's desktop using a general
Web browser or small program called a news aggregator.
Subscribing is simple and free.
Instead of having to visit all your favorite sites, what if they
came to you in one easy-to-use page that kept you updated with the
latest changes, new and information? That is what RSS does. It saves
tons of time. Think of RSS as a well-organized, personalized inbox for the Web.
Below are the basics of RSS.
Advantages of RSS
RSS aggregators are set up to periodically check for new items in the
feeds you are subscribed to, commonly once every hour. You can also avoid
all the non-new information on a web page, including the ads, menus, or take
it a step further and skip information that is not interesting or relevant to
Read more information from more sites…faster.
The news comes to you rather than you having to go get it.
RSS feeds allow publishers to distribute content to a wide audience of
subscribers while overcoming problems caused by spam filters, delayed
distributions, e-mail clutter, etc.
You can organize feeds into categories if you want to browse content from a specific
genre of Web site, such as general news sites or industry-specific content.
Simple as 1,2,3
Using RSS is simple even for a Web novice. Step one is to get a free
RSS reader or aggregator. More on this in a minute. The next thing is
to subscribe to feeds that you want to receive. The third step is to
access your reader/aggregator on a regular basis. It's just that easy
to reduce hours of Web surfing time.
What is a reader or aggregator?
The first thing you need to effectively use RSS is a RSS reader or
RSS aggregator. These programs collect all the RSS feeds you have
decided to subscribe to and present them through one interface.
The biggest difference between feed readers is whether they are
stand-alone clients or are Web-based services accessed through
your browser. Stand-alone clients are useful if you want to access
your feeds even if you're offline. And one feed reader, News Gator,
even integrates into Microsoft Outlook, making your feeds virtually
indistinguishable from your email.
By contrast, Web-based services require you to be online to access
your feeds. But they also offer other features such as feed search,
the ability to integrate feeds with other sources of information in
a portal-like fashion and so on. Some people use more than one reader
to do different things. But that's probably overkill if you are new
Read more about various reader/aggregator options.
- Is a free Web-based reader with lots of extra tools.
- Is a standalone reader that resembles MS Outlook. It
integrates both podcasts and RSS feeds. The major downside is that
it costs $29.95 to purchase.
- A free Web-based reader that suggests new feeds
to subscribe to based on your Web browsing habits.
- A free personalized Web portal from Yahoo! that includes
RSS feeds and other cool features.
- Comes as both a free online feed reader, and a
desktop-based version that integrates into Microsoft Outlook.
The standalone Outlook version is a subscription-based product
with the standard version costing $19.95 per year.
- A free Web-based reader with a search toolbar and online
Subscribe to Pallet Enterprise's RSS Feed
Copy the URL: http://www.palletenterprise.com/articledatabase/RSS/PE_Article_Feed.xml
Paste the URL into your reader.
Or Click the button that corresponds to your preferred reader for
one-click subscription. This only works if you have already
established the preferred reader before clicking on the icon.
Please note that by accessing any of IRI's
How do I know if a site offers RSS?
You may recognize the universal feed icon or these "chicklets" from
your favorite Web sites, blogs, and podcasts. These icons represent
content in any format that you can subscribe to using RSS.
In Internet Explorer the RSS feed icon image in the navigation
bar turns orange when a site has active RSS content. Click on feed
icon to view or subscribe.
Finding RSS feeds to subscribe to is pretty easy - you probably
already have access to them. Go to your favorite website
(if they have a web search function you could search for it)
but there should be a "subscribe to feed" option somewhere on