Dries Buytaert

RSS auto-discovery

While working on my POSSE plan, I realized that my site no longer supported "RSS auto-discovery". RSS auto-discovery is a technique that makes it possible for browsers and RSS readers to automatically find a site's RSS feed. For example, when you enter https://dri.es in an RSS reader or browser, it should automatically discover that the feed is https://dri.es/rss.xml. It's a small adjustment, but it helps improve the usability of the open web.

To make your RSS feeds auto-discoverable, add a <link> tag inside the <head> tag of your website. You can even include multiple <link> tags, which will allow you to make multiple RSS feeds auto-discoverable at the same time. Here is what it looks like for my site:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Dries Buytaert" href="https://dri.es/rss.xml" />

Pretty easy! Make sure to check your own websites — it helps the open web.

— Dries Buytaert

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