What is RSS/ATOM Feed?

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The Pelican documention has a short section on ATOM/RSS feed. I have seen RSS/ATOM feed links somewhere before, but never paid much attention to them. A Google search finds these two nice introduction articles.

The first linked article has a sentence which explains the benefit of RSS/ATOM Feed very well.

The main benefit of RSS is that instead of having to go out to each individual website and see if there is any new content, content comes to you in one centralized location.

The Firefox web browser has an extension Feedbro which is easy to use. I subscribe five websites I often visit and it works well. Most major websites have RSS feeds available, and only one website I visit often does not have one.

Feedbro Screenshot

It is really easy to provide RSS feeds for this personal blog site because Pelican can generate feeds. In the pelican setting file, change SITEURL and FEED_ALL_ATOM settings to the values shown below to tell Pelican to generate feeds for all blog posts.

SITEURL = 'https://www.georgexyz.com'
FEED_ALL_ATOM = 'feeds/all.atom.xml'

You can subscribe to the ATOM feed of this website thru this link https://www.georgexyz.com/feeds/all.atom.xml.