An RSS Feed is a User Item that adds a list of articles from a remote RSS feed to a Custom Page. So, for example, you can use the RSS Feed User Item to add your blog entries to your site. You create your blog on a remote server, such as WordPress.com or Blogger, add some entries, then use the RSS Feed User Item to display links to those entries on your genealogy site.
You may place multiple RSS Feed User Items on a single page. The blog entries are fetched from the remote server when a person visiting your site accesses the Custom Page and there will be a slight delay showing the entries. For that reason, you should keep the number of RSS Feed User Items on a page to a minimum, one or two.
See Enabled on the User Items page.
The RSS Feed User Item must have a Title, but the Title may or may not appear on the page. If Show Title is checked, which is the default, the title text appears above the feed entries.
See Page Section on the User Items page.
Specify the URL of the remote RSS feed. An example RSS feed URL is http://googleblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml.
It's not always easy to determine the proper URL for an RSS feed. When viewing an HTML page in Firefox, you can use the "subscribe" icon to open an RSS feed. That icon is not enabled by default, but you can customize Firefox to display it. Internet Explorer has a similar feature where you click an RSS icon to show the feeds the browser found on the page. As far as I know, Google Chrome does not have a feed discovery feature.
Set Max Entries to the maximum number of articles that you want included in the list. The default value is 5.
Choose one of the following Feed Formats for the entries in the list. The default is Summary.
|Link||Title and date|
|Summary||Title, date, and a short extract from the beginning of the article|
|Full||Title, date, and the full text of the article|
In all Feed Formats, the title of the article is a link to the version of the article on the remote site.
The User Class textbox allows you to specify the name of a CSS class that will be added to the container of the list. Add a user class to customize the appearance of a particular RSS Feed. Choose a unique class name, then use that class name in a User Style to customize the appearance of the list. The HTML and CSS Information section below provides information that will help you create User Styles that apply to RSS Feeds.
HTML and CSS Information
The following information is intended for advanced users.
<div class="feed user-class"> <h2>title</h2> <ul class="feed-list"> <li class="feed-item"> <a href="url" class="feed-link ext">article title</a> <div class="feed-date">article date</div> <div class="feed-snippet">extract of article content</div> </li> </ul> </div>
The template above includes a single article. The actual HTML will include an LI element for each article shown. Also, the template above shows the HTML and CSS used when the Feed Format is set to "Summary". If the Feed Format is set to "Full", the "feed-snippet" class is replaced by "feed-content", and the associated DIV will enclose the full article content.
Italics indicate placeholder text that is replaced by text from the User Item or from the RSS Feed.
This page last changed on 15 Sep 2011.