Websites publish lists of updates, called "feeds," that indicate when new content has been posted. When you add a new feed to SmarterMail (also called subscribing to a feed), SmarterMail starts monitoring that feed for updates. New content posted to your feeds will appear in the RSS feeds section of your mailbox, allowing you to keep up with your favorites wesites without having to visit each one individually.
To subscribe to a new RSS feed, click New in the content pane toolbar. Adding a feed requires two pieces of information:
- Name - A friendly name for the RSS feed. Typically, you'll want to make this a short name so you can easily find it. You can use a backslash character to make the feed appear in a subdirectory, such as in News\Fox News or Technology\Microsoft Updates.
- URL - The URL for the website's RSS feed. Note: The RSS feed URL is not the same as the website URL. For example, the SmarterTools Blog can be found at blog.smartertools.com, but the RSS feed for the blog is at blog.smartertools.com/rss.aspx.
Finding a Site's RSS Feed
An RSS feed can usually be identified by an orange symbol. When you see it on a website, clicking will usually direct you to that site's feed. From there, you can either copy and paste the link to subscribe to the feed in SmarterMail. If the site does not have the orange RSS feed symbol, try looking for a text link to the RSS feed. Text links to feeds may include any of the following terms: subscribe, syndicate, feed, RSS, xml, or atom. Note: Not all sites offer RSS feeds.
For a list of sample RSS feeds you may be interested in subscribing to, please see Sample Feeds.