How to subscribe to RSS feeds from UrbanHikr

| March 7, 2015

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If you have websites that you visit often, you can save a lot of time by using an RSS feed reader to view webfeeds instead of visiting the websites directly. And it’s so easy to do it there’s no reason not to.

I’ve found my all-time favorite feed reader and I like it so much I want to share it with you to help make sure you don’t miss any updates from UrbanHikr!

How a feed reader will save you time

An RSS feed reader will save you time by:

  • Pulling together the articles from all of your favorite websites into one place so you don’t have to visit each one in turn.
  • Making it faster to decide what to read because all articles from all websites are presented in the same format. It’s quick to see which articles you’re interested in reading further and reduces the amount of time you spend going down a rat hole.
  • Reducing the time you wait for websites to load because it eliminates the complex web coding and calls to services that big websites use on their home pages.
  • It bypasses all of the advertising displayed on home pages. Advertising for products that aren’t relevant doesn’t add anything to your life while slowing down page loading and adding distracting clutter.

What is an RSS feed reader?

An RSS feed reader is a computer application, sometimes called a news aggregator, that allows you to subscribe to webfeeds from favorite websites. You can use:

  • An application that you buy and download onto your computer
  • A web application that you sign into online and which runs in your browser
  • A plug-in for your browser

Most websites that regularly publish articles automatically create a webfeed file that is available for feed readers to download. A feed contains a list of the recently published articles, each with:

  • The headline
  • The first few paragraphs of the article (or a custom summary)
  • An image (possibly)
  • A link back to the original article on the website

You can see the webfeed that UrbanHikr creates by clicking the RSS feed button at the top of the window.

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The feed is a file that follows a very particular format — but you don’t need to know anything about that to be able to use a feed.

How to subscribe to RSS feeds from UrbanHikr

After trying quite a few feed readers over the years, I’ve settled on my favorite.

For a long time I used a purchased application called FeedDemon. I then moved to a web application called Feedly, but decided in the end that I didn’t like the way Feedly displays articles in a pseudo newspaper layout. I’ve now settled on Inoreader.

This is how UrbanHikr appears in Inoreader:

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The format is simple, uniform, attractive, and the application is simple to use. It’s also fast and free.

Once you’ve created an account with Inoreader, all you have to do to sign up for the UrbanHikr feed is type urbanhikr.com into the search box, and select the top UrbanHikr feed.

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The second feed is for subscribing to comments posted on urbanhikr.com.

Now you’ve got no excuse

So now you’ve got no excuse. To stay current with the latest information from UrbanHikr, and to save a lot of time when getting information from other websites, sign up for Inoreader and subscribe.

If you enjoyed this article, why not subscribe to free email updates from UrbanHikr? Email updates currently contain article summaries similar to RSS feeds, but in the future they may be used to provide other types of content.

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