Publishing a News Feed

May 3, 2014 12:11 pm

Publishing a newsfeed or a website lets you make content on your website available to other websites. This content is different from syndicated content in that it only includes links back to the original content. Syndicated content can be exported to another website and displayed as if the content were entered directly into that website. News feeds always include links back to the original website.

Once you publish a newsfeed for a module, you can provide the URL to other websites, which they can use to import the content. This published news feed is formatted as RSS XML and can be used by any website.

To publish a news feed, take the following steps:

  1. Create the content in the appropriate module if it is not already created. If you have not added the content, you should create the categories in the module that you will publish.
  2. Click the News Feeds module.
  3. Click the Publish RSS tab.
  4. Click the Publish a New RSS Feed button.
  5. In the Name field, enter a unique name for the newsfeed. Note that this name is only used in the Blue interface to organize newsfeeds.
  6. In the Description field, enter a brief description of the newsfeeds.
  7. From the Source Module dropdown list, select the module and category of content you want to publish. Note that you can only export one category of content per newsfeed.
  8. Enter the appropriate header information for the newsfeed.
  9. From the Character Encoding dropdown list, select the character coding that the newsfeed will use.
  10. Specify whether HTML tags will be removed from the published content or not.
  11. In the Maximum Items field, enter the number of items that you want to publish each time another website requests an update.
  12. From the Active dropdown list, select Yes. Only newsfeeds that have an activation status of Yes can be imported to other websites.
  13. Click the Save Changes button to publish the new newsfeed.
  14. From the Publish RSS tab, click the link name for the newsfeed and record the URL link for the newsfeed. This is the URL you provide to other websites that will allow them to import the newsfeed from your website. The format for this URL is usually the following format where newsfeed_name is the name of the newsfeed you entered in step 4:

Sep 18, 2014 1:18 pm

I need some additional clarification regarding the PUBLISHING of a RSS Newsfeed on a website

I have a blog at and have created a Publish RSS Feed in the Blue Newsfeed module. I also added an RSS button at the head of my web page so a reader could click on it to see the RSS feed.

I also saw a Widget in Green that related to newsfeed and activated that and pasted the code into the header of the website pages.

Here is my first question: Im not exactly sure what this Widget does but it appears to allow browsers to show a RSS feed icon somewhere in the head or the browser. Im not sure where I would look for it in each type of browser. (IE FF Chrome Safari) or what to do with it when it appears.

In addition, I created a RSS icon that appears in my default page layout just below the addthis icons and links to the newsfeed itself

When one clicks on this it brings up the blurb of the blog articles in RSS.

Here is my other question. How does one subscribe to the newsfeed once they bring it up in their browser? In IE for my particular RSS feed (above) it just brings up the newsfeed itself without a subscribe link. I see other RSS pages viewed in IE

(like the NPR link for example )

.that has a yellow box titling the blog and explaining that you can click on a link to subscribe to the feed. My RSS feed does not show this subscribe link or yellow box even though I am viewing through the same IE browser. How do I get it to show so viewers may subscribe?

In Firefox it does show me a subscription option but I am not sure why. Perhaps it is some app that I previously added to FF

In chrome I had to download a subscription extension for an RSS icon to appear in the browsers search bar. When I click on the RSS icon I added to my web page it also shows a subscription capability and a couple readers to choose from

My Overall question is how to set up my website so it clearly and consistently shows a subscription option for people that want to read via RSS? What are the best practices?

In addition, if another website wants to show my newsfeed, what would they need to do and is there anything I need to do on my end to prepare for that?

Sep 18, 2014 1:24 pm

for some reason the links in my post above got messed up. Here is what they should be
this shows a yellow box with the ability to subscribe when using IE

Still using IE, this does not show the yellow box and subscribe link on my site

Sep 18, 2014 1:27 pm

oh well... links are still messed up when posting to this forum... something buggy is occurring here.. try copying just the url portion of the links to get to the pages I am referring to.