Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Get Notified When a New Photo Comes to AHP


I have been asked how you can be notified when a new photo is published to AHP.  Here's how you can do it using a method that has been around the Internet for a long time. It's called RSS which stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's going to look a little techie but most of that can be ignored. 

You need an RSS aggregator.  I use a site/app called Feedly. You can use this from your favorite browser or download the app for IOS or Android and use it from your phone or tablet. 

The other thing you need is the RSS URL you paste into your aggregator of choice and this tells the aggregator to highlight for you when new photos get added to a gallery you're interested in. 

Let's take a specific example which will help make this more clear.  The first thing to do is go to the AHP homepage.  Then you would choose a topic from the menu on the left side of the page. Let's say you wanted to know when a new photo was added to the Butterflies gallery. You would click on Birds & Butterflies and then click on the Butterflies gallery thumbnail. In the footer for the gallery, you'll see a small icon that looks like a dot with 2 arcs pointing to the upper right. (See the orange icon at the top of this article. It would look similar to this but probably without the orange background.) 

You could click on this icon and select RSS, it will open a page that looks very scary with all kinds of XML code on it.  Not to worry. You only need to click in the URL window and copy the URL address. 

Once you copy the URL, you can go to your aggregator and click on the button to add a new news feed and paste in this URL.  Then you check to see if a new photo has been added by opening your aggregator and looking at this feed.  If a new photo was added, you'll see it there and be able to click on it and go directly to the AHP website to view.  

As I said, this is a little techie but I hope you'll give it try.  Leave me a comment if you have a question on how to do it.