Displaying RSS feeds can generate more interest in your website and expand its content with little effort. This powerful tool is not only easy to use, but it is also free. Before adding an RSS feed you will need to find the RSS link. An RSS link will look something like "http://rss.cnn.com/rss/cnn_tech.rss," typically ending with ".rss". The easiest way to identify possible RSS feeds is with one of the following icons: , , or . An easy way to copy a link to the clipboard (memory) of your computer is to right click on the link and in the popup menu click "Copy Shortcut."
Adding a New RSS Feed
Once you have discovered an RSS link that another website is offering, you are ready to add the feed to your site. Begin by logging into your site.
- From the "Welcome menu," click the "RSS Digest" link.
- Locate and click the "Add New RSS Feed" link.
- You will need to be sure you are on the "Digest info: " tab.
- Enter a short title for the new feed in the "Zone: " text box.
- Paste or type the link for the feed into the "RSS feed: " box.
- You can specify a pattern for your digest. A default pattern is automatically loaded from Digest Configuration. You can use "tokens" in your RSS digest. These tokens dynamically change to the actual part of the feed it represents when it is displayed. For example, ##TITLE## causes the RSS article title to be displayed in its place. See the "Token help" tab for the available tokens. You could also use the following code by pasting it into the Digest Format box:
This code will place the feed into a table with a title, description, and small picture. Some feeds may not be able to use this format if they aren’t created to use thumbnails.
<table width=100% border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpading=0><tr><td valign="top" width="50"><a href="##URL##" target="_top" class=FeedLink><img src="http://www.adventistchurchconnect.org/images/icon_enclosure_music.gif" border=0></td><td valign="top"><img src="images/clear.gif" width=5></td><td valign="top" width="100%"><a href="##URL##" target="_top" class=FeedLink><span class="FeedTitle">##TITLE##</span><br><span class="FeedDescription">##DESCRIPTION,65##</span></a></td></tr></table>
- You can specify how many items you would like to display in the "Max items:" text box.
- You will also need to click the Save button to save this feed.
- You will now see the new feed listed. You will also see a token in line with the name of the feed that can be used anywhere throughout your website.
Insert the Feed on a Page
- Navigate to the page and click the Edit link.
- Place your cursor where you would like the feed to appear.
- Type or paste the token that is associated with that feed. The token will be something like #.
- Click on Save and Publish. The feed will then appear on that page and you won’t have to worry about it again.