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Simple RSS Feed Reader

The Basics

Main page Simple RSS Feed Reader
Author JoomlaWorks
Module Version 1.4
Compatible Joomla! version 1.0.x
Compatible Mambo version 4.5.x/4.6.x
Download Download
Required SimplePie version v1.0 (included)
Optional Helpers Unknown
Plugin Support http://forum.joomlaworks.gr/index.php?board=7.0

About the Plugin

Adding RSS syndicated content inside your Joomla! website is now super-easy and simple with the “Simple RSS Feed Reader” Module from JoomlaWorks. All you have to do is insert the Feed (RSS) URLs of the websites you want to syndicate in the module's settings, publish the module in some position and that's it! You can even publish multiple feeds at the same time (meaning in the same module instance) and even filter the latest X number, which you specify in the module parameters!

No messing with the code and no worrying about feed encoding. You can publish right away english along with japanese RSS feeds and have nothing to worry about!

The “Simple RSS Feed Reader” module is based on the very popular SimplePie PHP Class, which makes it easy to integrate syndicated content into your Joomla! website — and you don’t even have to worry about what kind of feed it is! The “Simple RSS Feed Reader” module supports everything from the old-school RSS 0.91 and RSS 1.0 formats, to the ever-popular RSS 2.0 format, and also supports the emerging Atom format, in both 0.3 and 1.0 flavors. It has a very fast, very efficient caching system. By caching the processed data, rather than just the raw XML, the module is able to create a feed parser that's really, really quick.

The feeds are stored inside Joomla!'s cache folder and refreshed in a specific time interval, which you set in the module's parameters.

See the “Simple RSS Feed Reader” module in action in our exclusive demo site at: http://demo.joomlaworks.gr

For real world examples, see the module on the following websites: 1. http://www.cinemad.gr 2. http://www.danaoscinema.gr

So, now, a) you have no reason not to use RSS feeds in your website (cause you thought RSS was difficult to setup), b) you have a module that will bring new content to your website, efficiently and with style and c) you can have multiple feeds display in a single place (we hope 20 is enough!).

The “Simple RSS Feed Reader” module is released under the GNU/GPL license.

Enjoy!

What Do I Need To Know?

In order for the module to work properly, your server must have the following PHP modules enabled: cURL, iconv, PCRE, Zlib. Don't worry, though, cause most servers have these PHP modules enabled by default. If not, then contact your hosting company to enable them.

Please note that some RSS feeds might not display well even if you have the above PHP modules installed (rare occasion, but can happen). That is entirely based on how the server is setup and if the specific language -with which you have issues- is properly defined in the server. In any case, contacting your hosting company is always the safest solution.

The module already includes some generic CSS styling, which makes it truely “plug and play” for your Joomla! website. The output is entirely controlled through CSS, so you can customize it as you like.

Installation

Upgrading from an older version?

Simply uninstall any previous version you have on your system and re-install the latest version found on http://www.joomlaworks.gr.

Fresh Installation

Install the module via the Joomla!/Mambo mambot installer, located in “Installers” in the backend of your Joomla!/Mambo site.

Usage

How to use it

After you install the module, simply adjust the “content (feed) display” settings in the parameters below and add Feed URLs of any encoding. The “Simple RSS Feed Reader” Module will detect your website's encoding and adjust all feeds to that specific encoding.

In order for the module to work properly, your server must have the following PHP modules enabled: cURL, iconv, PCRE, Zlib. Don't worry, though, cause most servers have these PHP modules enabled by default. If not, then contact your hosting company to enable them.

Please note that some RSS feeds might not display well even if you have the above PHP modules installed (rare occasion, but can happen). That is entirely based on how the server is setup and if the specific language -with which you have issues- is properly defined in the server. In any case, contacting your hosting company is always the safest solution.

The module already includes some generic CSS styling, which makes it truely “plug and play” for your Joomla! website. The output is entirely controlled through CSS, so you can customize it as you like.


plugins/joomla/simple_rss_feed_reader.txt · Last modified: 2011/03/05 19:56 (external edit)