Syndicating from another website
If you want to pull content in from other websites, you can use the RSS feed reader. This control is designed to pull content from any web accessible RSS feed and display it directly on a webpage.
In this example we are looking at syndicating content from the BBC website, but in actual fact any RSS feed could be used.
All we need is the URL of the feed and we can then paste this into our syndication control. See the original RSS feed. Once done, your page will automatically update as the feed changes and new items are added. To improve performance, the RSS feed reader can also cache the data for a time duration of your choice.
Syndicating content from Twitter
The RSS feed reader can also display Twitter feeds.
Because Twitter sets the title and the description of the feed item to be the same, we recommend hiding the description, which is just another one of the standard options available on the control.
The RSS feed reader can either be formatted as an unordered list or a series of paragraphs. The control comes with a standard theme but you can customise it to fit your design.
As with all Contensis controls the source code is accessible, semantic and XHTML compliant.
RSS in standard controls
Syndicating content out to other sites couldn't be simpler. In Contensis most of the standard controls support RSS and Atom feeds.
Creating a custom RSS or Atom feed
If the RSS produced by any of the lists is not appropriate then you can create a custom RSS feed using the RSS feed writer control.
This allows you to include/exclude any content from your entire site, and present it on a URL of your choice. The selection of content is driven by query, so as new content is applicable it will start appearing in the feed.
The website visitor is presented with a standard RSS feed output when visiting a URL that is served by the RSS feed.