Modules in Joomla: Banners – Syndication

This module creates an RSS Feed link for the page, which enables a user to create a news feed for the current page. The module is very frequently used because the moment you add a news feed, the visitors will receive a link to display content from your site on their site. From the Site module types list, select the module with the title Syndication of the Syndication Feedsmodule type. The module will open in edit mode, as shown in Figure 8-35.

Before I describe the fields that are used to configure this module, it is helpful to have a bit of background on RSS feeds. RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is a technique by which visitors to your web site can receive information about new and updated content on your web site. It is the simplest way to have your information syndicated for others to read.

The procedure to syndicate your information is as follows:

  1. Create an RSS feed for the information that you want to Joomla has an integrated RSS feed; you just need to enable and configure it.
  2. Visitors to your web site then add this feed to their RSS reader (known as an aggregator, which collects new content from your web site and provides it to the visitor in a simple form). Joomla provides the Feed Display module for this
  3. Whenever you add new content to your web site, it is automatically sent directly to the readers—it can be accessed via the Feed Display

Back to the Syndication module, in the Text field, you specify the text that you want to appear next to the RSS Link button. If you leave this field blank, the default text Feed Entries will appear. Alternatively, type a space inside double quotes (“ ”) if you don’t want any text to appear. From the Format drop-down list, select the format of the news feed. The available options are RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0. As usual, the Module Class Suffix field is used for individual module styling.

After creating new article(s), you will see the Syndication module appear on the right side of the site (see Figure 8-36). After clicking the My Blog link in the Syndication module, the user can access the RSS Feed of your site.

Source: Harwani B M (2015), Foundations of Joomla!, Apress; 2nd ed edition

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