I like to use RSS feed reader for stuff that I follow like for example YouTube channels, forum threads, blogs or even e-bay searches. Sometimes (often) website does not provide a subscription button. What to do? How to live? Well there is a simple solution for Firefox users. Add “Subscribe” button to the toolbar. How?
1) Right click on the toolbar (somewhere on a free space between buttons and choose “Customize“.
2) “Customize Toolbar” window will pop up.
3) Find the “Subscribe” button. Left click on it, hold and drag the mouse pointer to the chosen place on a toolbar till You will see a black line to the left of it. Release the left click.
4) Visit Your favorite Youtube channel or other page You would like to subscribe to (like a blog or a forum thread) and click on the “Subscribe” button on the toolbar.
IF the button is “grayed out” it means that the website does not provide RSS Feed (shame on You Twitter!) and in this case it’s a bummer… If however the button is “clickable” You are few clicks away from Your personal happiness ;)… You can now either copy the link and use it in some terminal RSS Feed reader ie. Newsbeuter OR You can set it up with some gui tool like Akregator.
Setting up with Akregator is easy.
1) Unfold the “Live Bookmarks” dropdown menu and click on “Choose Application”.
2) File browser window will pop up. Navigate to /usr/bin/ find akregator executable, click on it and then click Open.
3) Unfold the “Live Bookmarks” dropdown menu and click on “akregator”.
It is optional to tick the box “Always use akregator to subscribe to feed” – if You choose to do so next time You will click the “Subscribe” button on a toolbar the link will be sent straight to Akregator.
4) Click “Subscribe Now”.
5) Akregator will inform You that a new feed was added. You can now go thru the latest news from the channel that You chose to add.
That’s it. You are all done. “Subscribe” button is in place. Akregator is configured as a default RSS Feed reader.
P.S. You can use this method to customize toolbar with other buttons too. You can move, add and remove most of the toolbar elements. Mess around with it till You get what You want :).