whether you are Sick of social media, want to get away from endless notifications, or just want to read all your news in one place, an RSS reader can help. RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.” It’s a protocol that allows an RSS reader to talk to your favorite websites and get updates from them. Instead of visiting 10 different sites to see what’s new , you see a single page with all the new content.
RSS has two parts: an RSS reader and RSS feeds from your favorite websites. RSS has been around for a while now, so RSS has a lot of good readers. Most of them also have built-in search and suggestions, so you don’t have to go hunting for RSS feeds yourself. You may also find some cool new sites to read.
I’ve been using RSS for over a decade, and recently spent a few months trying out about a dozen different RSS reader services. The picks below are the best RSS readers available right now. Once you find one you like, put it on one of our best tablets or best iPads for easy reading on the go.
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Inoreader offers a well-designed readable interface, nice search and search options, and a good set of features that are both beginner-friendly and offer plenty of options for advanced users. There is a web interface, as well iOS And Android Apps. Inoreader handles more than just RSS feeds—you can also add email newsletters, Facebook pages, Twitter searches, and podcasts.
Advanced users will love the added features like keyword monitoring. Enter your search terms and Inoreader will search all your feeds for any mention of that keyword or phrase and then create a feed of only those articles. You can also do the opposite and hide articles that match a phrase. Inoreader also offers a nice automation system that you can use to create rules and filter your feed, giving some higher priority. For example, you may receive a push notification whenever Nerdshala publishes a new review, but not the rest of our content.
Automation requires a pro account. Pro accounts also get some other nice features, such as the ability to integrate with IFTTT and Zapier, an offline mode for mobile apps. It also includes my personal favorite: keeping your YouTube account in sync with your RSS readings. You can watch YouTube videos in InoReader, and the next time you log into YouTube, you won’t have a ton of unwatched videos.
Inoreader offers a free account (with ads), which is good for testing out the service to see if it meets your needs. If it does, the Pro account is $7 per month (it’s cheaper if you buy a year in advance), which brings more advanced features and support for more feeds.
Feedly is probably the most popular RSS reader on the web, and for good reason. It’s well designed, easy to use, and offers great search options so it’s easy to add all your favorite sites. It lacks one thing that makes InReader a bit better in my view – YouTube syncing – but otherwise Feedly is an excellent option.
It even has a few features, such as Evernote integration (you can save articles to Evernote) and a Notes feature for jotting down your own thoughts on stories. Feedly also touts Leo, the company’s AI search assistant, which can help you filter your feeds and bring out the content you really want. In my testing, I found it worked pretty well, but a big part of what I love about RSS is that there’s no AI—not me. want automatic filtering. Depending on how you use RSS, this can be a useful feature.
Like others here, Feedly offers iOS And Android Apps with web interface. Feedly is free for up to 100 feeds. A Pro subscription is $8 per month (it’s cheaper if you pay for a year) and enables more features like saving notes, Evernote, and reading ad-free. With a Pro+ account, you get AI-features and more for $12 per month.
Newsblur is a refreshingly simple old school RSS reader. You won’t find AI or YouTube syncing here—it’s for reading RSS feeds and getting on with your life. It can subscribe to all kinds of content (including newsletters), read full stories (even from RSS feeds that don’t offer them), integrates with IFTTT, and even —If a publisher updates an article, it also tracks changes to the story.
One thing that sets NewsBlur apart is that it is open source. You can view the code on Github, and you can even set up your own self-hosted version of Newsblur on your own server if you’re comfortable with the command line.
there are apps for iOS And Android, as well as the web-based interface. Newsblur’s free account is the most limited of the options here, with only 64 feeds at a time and only 5 stories from each, but the premium account is also the cheapest at $36 per year. It gives you access to all the features and unlimited feeds.
The first thing you’ll notice when you come across RSS is that not every website advertises its own feed. Often there is no feed, but it can be difficult to find. Fortunately, there are some web browser extensions that can help. this chrome extension And This Firefox Add-on Will add an RSS feed icon to your URL bar and you can click on it to subscribe to almost any website.
However some websites do not have RSS feeds. In that case, you can use a feed generator like fetch rss Or rss.app. Neither of them is perfect, but in my testing both were able to generate feeds for seven of the ten pages I tested, which is better than nothing.
what about them Really Stubborn pages? Well, I just ignore them. There is a saying that “network revolves around loss,” and not having an RSS feed is kind of a disadvantage. Ignoring those websites is one way to get around this.
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