Standard RSS Feed

Example RSS Feed

This feed pulls posts from multiple blogs and is capable of limiting displayed posts to specific categories.

The Standard RSS Feed content type allows you to place an external RSS feed onto your page as a positionable widget. This can be helpful for providing updates from a blog, showing posts with specific categories, or aggregating a number of related external information sources. Unlike most RSS feed readers, the Standard RSS Feed content type is capable of narrowing shown posts by specific categories and drawing from multiple feed sources--If you have posts categorized as "research" on three different blogs, this content type can aggregate those posts into a single on-page feed.

Adding an RSS Feed

To add an RSS feed or aggregation to your page, click "Add Content to Current Page" in the top bar of your Direct Edit window and select "Standard RSS Feed."

Adding a Standard RSS Feed content item

You will be presented with the following interface:

Direct Edit interface for the Standard RSS Feed content type

Please fill in the "Name" box with a unique name for the content item. This field will not show up anywhere on your finished page.

Options and Features

Title of feed This optional field allows you to specify a title to be shown above the RSS feed widget. If your feed contains recent research activities, the title might be "Recent Research Activities."

Description of feed This optional field allows you to clarify for visitors what they may expect to find in the feed.

Positioning Much like other "floating" types like the Standard Slideshow, Standard Image, and Standard Video content types, this content type has a wide range of positioning options on the page. When used immediately before a Wrapping Body Content, it will allow text and other content to wrap around it like in a newspaper.

Number of posts to show This number allows you to set a custom limit for how many posts should appear. Raising this number means more posts will be shown in the widget. Please remember:  RSS feeds are a timely medium, not an archive--If your number of posts shown means that posts from a year ago are appearing in the widget, you need to either get more posts or bring this number down. If you don't know what to set it to, 10 is a good number.

Seconds between feed animation At this interval, the second-to-topmost post will animate up and become the topmost post, and the original topmost post will reappear at the bottom of the stack (it will eventually come back around). Since all posts are always in the stack, a visitor can always scroll down to find one that just disappeared. Set this number higher if you would like more time between this animation, or lower if you'd like the feed to move faster. If a user hovers their mouse over the feed or touches it, the animation will be paused until the mouse or finger is moved off the widget.

Feed URLs This content type accepts up to ten RSS feeds to use as sources. Only one is required, but multiple feeds can be "aggregated" into the widget.

Filter by categories If you would like to show only posts from certain categories, you may enter those categories into these boxes. If, for example, you type "research" into one box and "spotlights" into another, no matter how many feed sources the widget is pulling from, it will only show posts categorized as "research" or "spotlights." These categories are set up on the blog site, not within TERMINALFOUR, and usually appear somewhere on the post.

Wrapping Body Content Behavior

To wrap text around your RSS feed, place a "Wrapping Body Content" content type immediately after the feed.