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ITS RSS Feeds

About ITS RSS Feeds & How to Subscribe

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) saves you time. It notifies you when there is new material at websites of interest to you, without you needing to visit the websites to check for updates.

It's also very easy to set up, and once you do it once, there's nothing else you need to do to maintain your subscription.

Available RSS Feeds from ITS

How To Set Up an RSS Subscription

Quick RSS Setup Instructions

Set up your RSS feed based on how you prefer to read news:

Read New Posts In Your Email

Best for: Folks who spend a lot of their time in their email. If you can't remember to click a button in your Web browser often enough, but you're always on top of (or slowly drowning in) your email, this is the method for you. After a quick one-time setup, each new announcement will appear as if it is an unread email message, so you'll be sure to see it.

Not all email programs offer RSS subscription capabilities. Follow the instructions below for Outlook 2007/2010, Thunderbird, Mac Mail, or Gmail. If you need instructions for a program not included here, and it does offer RSS subscriptions, do a Web search for RSS and the name of your email program to get setup instructions.

Outlook 2007/2010

  1. Outlook 2007: From the Tools menu, choose Account Settings.
    Outlook 2010: From the File tab, choose Account Settings.
  2. Select the RSS Feeds tab to switch to it.
  3. Click “New”. The New RSS Feed dialog box pops up.
  4. Copy and paste the URL for the desired RSS feed:
    • For ITS System Status, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/systemstatus.xml
    • For ITS Home Page News, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/newsfeed.xml
    • For Security Alerts & Warnings, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/securityfeed.xml
  5. Click Add. You'll then be presented with some options to change delivery locations, etc. When you're satisfied, click OK.
  6. Then exit out of the Account Settings screen.

Thunderbird

  1. From the Tools menu, select Account Settings.
  2. Click RSS Feeds. The RSS Account Settings screen will appear.
  3. Click the Manage Subscriptions button. The RSS Subscriptions window appears.
  4. Click Add. The Feed Properties dialog box pops up.
  5. Copy and paste the URL for the desired RSS feed:
    • For ITS System Status, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/systemstatus.xml
    • For ITS Home Page News, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/newsfeed.xml
    • For Security Alerts & Warnings, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/securityfeed.xml
  6. Click OK.
  7. Once you're done adding feeds, just exit out of the RSS Subscriptions window.
  8. Back in the RSS Account Settings screen, you can also select how frequently to check for new articles, what to do with posts you've read, etc. When you've finished making your selections, click OK.

Mac Mail

  1. From the File menu, select Add RSS Feeds...
  2. Select from any existing Safari RSS feeds or copy and paste the URL for the desired RSS feed:
    • For ITS System Status, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/systemstatus.xml
    • For ITS Home Page News, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/newsfeed.xml
    • For Security Alerts & Warnings, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/securityfeed.xml
  3. Select whether you want the feed to appear in your Inbox or under a separate folder of RSS listings.
  4. From the Mail menu, choose Preferences.
  5. Select RSS.
  6. Select your default RSS reader, how often to check for updates, and how to remove read articles.

Gmail

  1. From the links in the upper right corner of the Gmail window, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings interface, select the Web Clips tab.
  3. On the left pane of the Web Clips window, in the field labeled “Search by topic or URL”: copy and paste the URL for the desired RSS feed:
    • For ITS System Status, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/systemstatus.xml
    • For ITS Home Page News, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/newsfeed.xml
    • For Security Alerts & Warnings, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/securityfeed.xml
  4. Click Add to add it to your Gmail account.

Read New Posts In Your Web Browser

Best for: Folks who spend a lot of time in their Web browser. If you can remember to click a button in your browser, you can stay abreast of updates by scanning the headlines of new entries.

These instructions are for the latest versions of Firefox and Safari, but should be fairly accurate regardless of version. If your browser is not listed here, you may want to do a Web search for RSS and the name of Web browser to get setup instructions.

Firefox

  1. Anytime you're surfing the Web and see something to which you'd like to subscribe, add the desired RSS feed to Firefox by clicking on the website's RSS link (it will have the RSS icon RSS icon beside it) or by copying and pasting the URL for the desired RSS feed...
    • ITS System Status: http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/systemstatus.xml
    • ITS Home Page News: http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/newsfeed.xml
    • For Security Alerts & Warnings, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/securityfeed.xml
    ...directly into Firefox’s URL address field at the top.
  2. Then click Subscribe Now. Firefox's Add Live Bookmark dialog box will appear. You can choose to have headlines display in your browser’s Bookmarks dropdown menu (default selection), or in the Bookmarks Toolbar.
    • If you chose the Bookmarks dropdown menu: Anytime you’d like to check for updates, simply go to your Firefox Bookmarks and mouse over the title of the RSS feed (in this case, “ITS System Status” or “ITS Home Page News”) and the latest headlines will appear.
    • If you chose the Bookmarks Toolbar: Make sure yours is turned on to display. From the View menu, select Toolbars, then Bookmarks Toolbar. Any RSS feeds you've bookmarked will then always appear across the top of your browser, just beneath the URL. Just mouse over the title for the latest headlines.

Safari

  1. Anytime you're surfing the Web and see something to which you'd like to subscribe, add the desired RSS feed to Safari by clicking once on the website's RSS link (it will have the RSS icon RSS icon beside it) or by copying and pasting the URL for the RL for the desired RSS feed...
    • ITS System Status: http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/systemstatus.xml
    • ITS Home Page News: http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/newsfeed.xml
    • For Security Alerts & Warnings, use http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/securityfeed.xml
    ...directly into Safari’s URL address field at the top.
  2. From the Bookmarks menu, select Add Bookmark to save the feed link.

Anytime you'd like to check for updates, simply click your mouse on the RSS feed title (in this case, “ITS System Status” or “ITS Home Page News”) just under the browser's URL field, and Safari will open the blog page in a text-only format with the latest post(s) right on top.

On a Website with Other News Headlines, Aggregated Together

Best for: Folks who are accustomed to scanning the headlines on a website every day. You won't even have to click a button if you make it your Web browser’s new homepage!

PageFlakes

You can set up your own personalized home page using a service like PageFlakes.

It allows you to personalize your home page for free, to include news headlines, sports scores, weather updates, movie screenings, recipes, or whatever else floats your boat. You can drag and drop your desired “widgets” around into the order you like, and this page will continually update itself with the latest info! You may add RSS feeds to your PageFlakes, too.

To do this:

  1. Set up a free PageFlakes account with a login and password. This enables you to access your PageFlakes from any computer and to be able to add customized RSS feeds from websites of interest to you.
  2. Click the Menu button in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Then, in the left-hand navigation, click on the link that says Add RSS Feed (it will have the RSS icon RSS icon beside it).
  3. Beside the box marked Add Feed: copy and paste the URL for the desired RSS feed:
    • ITS System Status: http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/systemstatus.xml
    • ITS Home Page News: http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/newsfeed.xml
    • Security Alerts & Warnings: http://its.virginia.edu/feeds/securityfeed.xml

That’s it! Now, via RSS, the latest ITS headlines and alerts will appear alongside all your other neat stuff on PageFlakes. Remember: You may want to set PageFlakes as your Web browser’s home page, too.

Other RSS Aggregators

There are lots of other aggregators out there—Yahoo! and Google both provide this service to their users, plus other popular providers of this service are Bloglines and FeedReader. Most of the setup for these is as easy as PageFlakes!

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  Page Updated: Tuesday 2013-08-13 12:33:20 EDT