We’ve been thinking of starting a weekly series with information about our core features for a long time and the time has finally come. Our first piece goes through the ways you can set up and customize your Inoreader. Let us know if there is anything you want to know more about in the comments and we’ll be sure to include it in a future Inoreader How-to post.
OK, so let’s say you just landed on inoreader.com. You have already created an account (you just have to click on the create a free account link and fill in your details – it takes less than a minute). Now what?
Adding and organizing content
Once in your Inoreader, start adding some feeds. You can either import subscriptions from another reader with an OPML file (those can be exported easily in most reader platforms), or you can start fresh – click on the Plus sign or search bar to open our Discovery mode:
In Discovery mode you’ll find popular categories of feeds and user generated subscription bundles:
Once a subscription grabs your attention, you can just click the Plus sign next to it to subscribe:
If you have anything specific in mind, just click on the search bar and type in the name of a site or paste the RSS feed straight in there:
If you’re an information junkie, you’ll quickly amass a lot of subscriptions – use folders to organize them better. Creating folders is easy – just right click on a specific feed you want to include in the new folder and choose the Assign to new folder option. Once you have created some folders, you can add a feed straight from the right-click context menu – here you’ll see a list of all folders.
When your content is all set up, you can take care of the visual side – after all, it’s really important to have a comfortable reading environment that best suits your content and your preferences. Click on the eye icon to access the most common reading options.
Part of those, like the color theme, default sorting and grouping, apply to your full Inoreader experience. You can set the view style at the global level, for a specific folder or feed. To change the default view for all articles, click on All articles in the tree pane and choose your view. If you click on a folder or feed, you can alter the view settings for that particular object.
Try out the different view styles and find the one that feels most comfortable – and don’t be afraid to mix and match. For example, you may find it easiest to use List view for quickly scanning news and Card view for your favorite photography blogs.
If you have just started using Inoreader, we think this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. If you have already been using our service, let us know what we should include in our next How-to piece.