I'm a self-taught webdesigner who is more experienced with the aesthetics of websites than the back-end technologies. One of my clients has requested that I add a feature that will collect e-mail addresses and alert people when the website is updated. She suggested RSS.
I've looked into it and it seems like the solution, but I'm getting very confused about where to start.
I guess my question is... #1 - is RSS the solution? #2 - how do I even get started applying it to her site?
If you could direct me in the right place or talk me through it, I'd be very appreciative!
From experience I can say that a mailing list will get a far better take up than rss.
Its a pity because the overhead in keeping up a mailing list is far higher and there is always the risk that people will use the "report as spam" button in their email as an alternative to unsubscribing.
My personal project for the coming quarter is to look into publishing a feed to Twitter although I suspect that it won't be worth the effort given the demographic that uses my site.