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
Dries Buytaert is an Open Source advocate and technology executive. More than 10,000 people are subscribed to his blog. Sign up to have new posts emailed to you or subscribe using RSS. Write to Dries Buytaert at email@example.com.