Creating an RSS Feed Reader

Adding an RSS Feed Reader to your webpage allows you to pull information from another website (such as blog posts, news feeds, or events) directly onto your webpage. Follow the instructions below to add an RSS Feed Reader to your website.

  1. Open the Foundation Page of the web site that you want to edit.
  2. select Edit List of Content Pages.
  3. On the Edit Link Element page, click Create and Connect Page.
    The Content Class Groups page opens.
  4. On the top portion of the Content Class Groups page, click the General Pages group.
    On the bottom portion of this page screen, click RSS Feed Reader.
  5. You will be asked to enter a headline for the feed reader.
    This headline will be displayed with the reader.
  6. Click on the Edit RSS Feed dot.
    A window opens.
  7. Under RSS feed URL, enter the feed URL.
    Many websites provide these addresses through an "RSS" button, but this varies depending on where your feed originates.
  8. Once you are done, click OK and the Feed Reader should display items present in the feed.
    If you have problems seeing these items displayed, be sure you entered the correct RSS feed url.

Optional settings

  • Use shaded heading: option will provide a visual cue to make a heading stand out against a maroon background.
  • Item count: this is the number of items that will be displayed in the reader.
    For instance, if you enter 4, the four most recent items will be displayed and the rest will not.
    The default setting for this variable is ten.
  • Include Item Date: allows you to set whether visitors will see the date the item was originally posted.
  • Include Item Description: allows you to decide if a short description will be posted along with the item. This is generally the first few lines of the RSS item.
  • View all Link: a link that will direct visitors to your page to the place where the RSS Feed originates.
    Note: The RSS Feed Reader displays a limited number of items from the feed it draws its material from. The default setting is ten. So although there may be dozens of news articles in an RSS feed, only the ten most recent ones will be displayed in the reader. This option directs users to the whole feed by linking to the site where it originates.
  • View All Link Name: allows you to change the name of the link that directs visitors back to the origin of the feed. This is useful if you would like to title it differently from the actual URL.
    The View all Link option must be used for this text to appear.