The internet is simply too large to keep track of everything that is available, let alone new content on your favourite websites.
Website alerts are the best way to keep up to date with new content. They are usually RSS feeds – Really Simple Syndication, which put simply means an internet protocol to easily transfer data.
Look for these symbols on websites:
If they are visible you can get RSS alerts. RSS feeds tend to be available on announcement and news pages. RSS feeds are provided to you via a News Feeder or Aggregator. These can be desk top based, usually via your browser e.g., Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. Alternatively they can be web based.
Desk top based - With a desk top feed no subscription/registration is required and they are simple to organise. However they can only work on the machine they were set up on and generally cannot be transferred to follow you around.
Web based - These feeds offer greater adaptability and content. In addition, with many, they can be accessed wherever you are using the internet including your smartphone. However they require registration and some may require a small one off or annual fee. Click here to access a list of current web based feeds. Please note: 1) these may change over time, and 2) some may not be accessible from Trust computers; if you set them up at home you may not be able to access them from our network.
For further guidance on website alerts and RSS feeds please click the guidelines below or access the presentation at the bottom of this page.