*Latest updates on 18th Oct 2016
An RSS feed is a crucial feature in Joomla 3.x but not many people fully understand it and know how to use it in a Joomla website. In this post, I will introduce you to RSS, the steps to use it in a website, and recommend some of the best RSS extensions in the market.
1. A brief introduction to RSS and its benefits
RSS is a way to enable website content to be syndicated for usage on other websites and publish frequently changing content, such as news headlines, forum posts, blog comments, video content and calendar events.
For users, the biggest benefit of RSS is that they don’t have to go to each website to see if there is any new content because the content will come to them in one centralized place. By using an RSS feed, users can easily scan through all the headlines, then read a snippet of each article to choose which they want to read more of.
For business owners, RSS feeds benefit them differently. By creating an RSS feed on their site, they can encourage visitors to subscribe to their content, which means you can turn a visitor into a frequent reader. Also, you can allow your content to be promoted on many other websites or you can blog with RSS feed. In this way, you can certainly reach out for new customers but also build quality backlinks to your website.
2. How to create RSS feeds in Joomla 3.x
Step 1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
Step 2: In the top menu, click Extensions, and then click Module Manager
Step 3: In the top left of the page, click New, select a module type as Syndication Feeds
Step 4: Fill in the title, feed format as RSS 2.0 choose the position to show the module.
Step 5: Choose the menu to apply the RSS feed. This module will create a Syndicated Feed for the page where the Module is applied.
Step 6: Click Save to save the RSS feed module.
Here is how your RSS feed module displays in frontend (I choose footer position so it will appear in footer area):
3. How to publish RSS feeds in Joomla 3.x
This is how you display RSS feeds from a link (it can be either your site link or another website link) on your Joomla website.
Note that, the link you use to display feeds from must end with ?format=feed&type=rss like this: http://yourwebsitelink.com?format=feed&type=rss
Step 1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
Step 2: In the top menu, click Components, hover over Newsfeeds, and then click Categories
Step 3: In the top left of the page, click New.
Step 4: Fill in the title and the description of the RSS feed.
Step 5: Choose the category for the RSS feed.
Step 6: You can even add some images by clicking on the Image button at the end of the page.
Step 7: A window will pop up and you can add your image for the RSS feed.
Step 8: Click Save to save the new RSS feed.
Step 9: Create a News Feeds for this category by going to Components → Feeds and Click New
Step 10: Insert the link you want to get feeds from. Remember to choose the category which is the category you’ve created above.
Again, the link you use to display feeds from must end with ?format=feed&type=rss. And it must be article related content (i.e. a blog category link, a category list, featured articles etc.). Here I choose to display content from our Joomla Hub Tips and tricks category.
You can also choose which content of the feeds you want to display in the Display tab. For example, I choose to Hide the feed’s images:
Now, go to front-end, refresh to see the result:
And here’s how Joomla Feeds display in our Joomla 3.x templates:
My recommended extensions for RSS feeds in Joomla
1. obRSS ( paid extension)
obRSS helps to create unlimited feeds (or even an HTML feed page) for your Joomla site, which can look like CNET, CNN, or BBC in the frontend. You can create, manage and display all RSS Feeds in one place. Its JSON Feed output could be used to build iOS, Android apps (by online app builders). Joomla Articles, DocMan, VirtueMart, K2, ZOO, FLEXIcontent,… It is integrated with FeedBurner, merges with RSS sources and supports 3rd-party extensions.
Also, you can create multiple menus for the RSS Syndicate Page with multilingual support, or merge two or more RSS sources into one feed with the “RSS Merge” add-on.
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