WFSM adds RSS Feed to website

As you may or may not know, Wright Field Scale Modelers recently re-launched their website on a new platform. I am pleased to announce that our site had added a new feature: an RSS feed.  If you are not familiar with RSS, it

... solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site's email newsletter.

I won't get into technical details about how RSS works, I just want you to know how fond of it I am. I myself get updated content from about 200 sites/blogs on a daily basis, and can read them all in one place; I don't have to browse to 200 different sites to get the updates. Many of these sites are modeling related, so it's a great way to keep in touch. Almost all blogs have an RSS feed, and most other websites do as well. Chances are your favorite modeling site has an RSS feed (unless it's HyperScale). With the ubiquity of RSS, wouldn't it be a shame if WFSM didn't come to the party? Our feed will include all blog posts and new reviews. And it will be done automatically, without any extra work for users.

If you want to join the RSS fun, what you need to do is get yourself a feed reader (aka 'feed aggregator'). It's an application for you computer, tablet, or smartphone that will automatically pull new content to your device.  The hardest part about RSS is finding the url for the feed. Look for an orange RSS icon on the site's homepage. It looks like this rss. If you don't see one on a particular site, many web browsers have a feed detection feature. Occassionally, you can find a feed by viewing a website's source code (Ctrl + U) and searching (Ctrl + F) for "rss" (without quotes). Just copy and paste the url into your feed reader.

The RSS feed is yet another way to enjoy WFSM's website.

WFSM webmaster

Comments

Photo Galleries?

Hey Chris,

How about improving the photo galleries so they work more like Facebook or Scalemates so we can upload straight from the computer. I hate using photobucket unless I have to. It can be such a pain and it is extra steps not necessary if you can straight upload. Maybe there is a reason I am unawrae of why photobucket is the choice used instead of a direct upload. Maybe you can explain it. I really liked Myspace as they allowed you to build individual portfolios with individual that could be arranged, moved around, etc. It would be awesome if each of our members were able to set up portfolios and then galleries under their own names. Like a portfolio for each person that could then be set up individualy for armor, aircraft, etc. within their own ports. Just a thought. It would be fun to be able to see each persons showcase. :)

Kevin

Good idea!

A photo gallery is certainly a possibility. As it stands now, our Galleries page is a leftover from the old site. Photobucket isn't necessarily my choice, but it is a popular one. We can link to any external site we want to, but many have chosen photobucket. One reason to upload pictures to an external site is to save on bandwidth on this server. Another reason is that some members already uploaded many photos to another site and they didn't want to upload them all again to our site.

We currently support direct upload of images to blog posts. We also support linking to other sites. I let the author decide. I will add photo gallery to my TO DO list.

Chris