A "Widget" is, in simple terms, a block of code or text that can be easily manipulated in a hub (known as "capsules") or blog (typically WordPress uses widgets for ease of use).
So, rather than hand-coding CSS or PHP, HTML or what have you, there is a basic framework (the widget) that allows a new user or someone trying to save time to simply type in their content, and move the widget to the spot they want it displayed.
It's a general definition, and it really depends on what you're talking about, but that's the general idea. Hope that helps.
The RSS feed is "Really Simple Syndication," there is another more technical name for it but the idea is the same. It is the internet's version of a newspaper for your hubs/blogs/website.
Say I had wanted to follow your new hubs, Samuel. I could either go to your hubs and check every day, or I could grab your RSS feed and plug it into my reader. Personally I use Google's reader.
On my Google homepage, I have these "newspapers" from all different sources, people whose blogs and hubs I enjoy reading. For me, I put these either on my iGoogle homepage and have a widget of the RSS feeds displaying titles of recent hubs/entries, or I'll put them in my Google reader and get to them when I can.
It's a great way to get more readership, especially if you publicize your hubs/feeds. To do that, I use RSSBot from Incansoft (I think it's $15), Magic Submitter, and sometimes I'll use KSoft's Feed Submit (it's the biggest RSS feed submitter I know of, it has about 80 or so RSS directories and can plug into a particular website that has published 260+ RSS directories).
Hope that helps. Oh, for the record, you can find or create an RSS feed from any web property. Most, like HubPages, provide one for you.
by StricktlyDating 6 years ago
How does RSS feed work and how would you use it to promote your Hubs?
by Cuttler 5 years ago
How do you use the hubpages rss feeds? and how does it help?
by Mike Russo 6 years ago
I'm trying to understand RSS feeds. I think the capsule is a reader that aggreates feeds from other websites, but I'm not sure
by laswi 8 years ago
RSS is expanded as Really Simple Syndication and it is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video in a standardized format.
by PierrePierre 8 years ago
Hi, there is a RSS capsule when I create one hub. But I don't know how to use it? Do you have some useful tips?Thanks!
by Sherri 7 years ago
I really can't point any of you to the many discussions there were about whether RSS feeds that display our own Hubs in a specific Hub of ours are a violation of the HP rules or not.I read info that the "best", "latest", and "hot" categories were not appropriate to add...
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