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Simple RSS Feed Reader Module

Adding RSS/Atom 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 add a few feeds to the module parameters, 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 have them display combined!

The 'Simple RSS Feed Reader' module is based on the same feed parsing engine that powers, the most popular Joomla! news aggregator in the Joomla! Community.

The feeds are stored inside your Joomla! site's cache folder and refreshed in a specific time interval, which you set in the module's parameters. This feed cache is different to Joomla!'s cache, as you may need to have your site refreshed every 5 minutes, but have the feeds the module retrieves stored longer than 5 minutes.

- one input box for feeds enables you to add unlimited feeds per module instance
- combine multiple feeds into one output list
- show or hide the first image inside each feed content
- extract and resize remote images for more layout control - we use Mobify's world class image resizing service for fast loading times and without stressing your server
- additional content options include pre-text, post-text and a custom link option at the bottom of the feeds block
- MVC templating is now standard, module comes pre-packed with 2 generic templates that will fit most sites - they also serve as a great starting point if you want to create your own
- one input box for feeds enables you to add unlimited sources to your module (previously limited to 20 feeds only per module instance).
- option to redirect all external feed links through your site's domain (slighly improves your SEO).

After you install the module, add one or more feed sources in the related box under "Fetch Options" and simply adjust the "Feed Content Options" in the module parameters. Then publish into some module position.

--- STYLING ---
The module installs with 2 generic templates (default and compact), which should be sufficient for most websites. If you want more control, you can simply override both the generated HTML and CSS, using MVC template overrides within your Joomla! template. Or you can create new folders with new module templates inside your template's /html/mod_jw_srfr/ folder and just select the new ones in the module's parameters.

The compact template is inspired by

--- DEMO ---
Demo for "default" sub-template: (right column)

--- NOTE ON JOOMLA! 1.5 ---
If you're on Joomla! 1.5, you can still get v2.3 of the module in our site's product/download page of the module.

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Reviews: 16
The plugin doesn't really work to retrieve RSS feed from twitter (for instance using

BUT it is still a great plugin which works as expected with other sources. Thanks a lot for your work!
Reviews: 1
Thank you for this module.
Just a problem i don't arrive to change read more by lire la suite.
I'm french so....
Reviews: 1
Hey guys, your module rocks. Just want to say THANK YOU for the great work. I had problem displaying more than one feed in a single module position on my website using the Joomla! 3.1.1 Feed module. When I downloaded and installed your module, it worked flawlessly. Now my site looks the way I want it. Just posted a link on JoomlaShine forum.
Keep up the good work.
Reviews: 13
Started using this extension and it looks very good. Then found a problem which was posted on the Forum, but it seems there is no support for free extensions.
I now had to convert to a different extension as I cant have a faulty one on a live site
Reviews: 1
Joomla 3 version is not working, feeds are not refreshed. Checked extension forums and it seems developers are not responding or just didnt come with any solution yet.

1 star for publishing joomla 3 version which is not working.

Reviews: 1
this is a very effective and beautiful RSS aggregator. is free!! Joomlaworks is the real deal.

Great job guys!
Reviews: 2
This extension saved my life. I tried all RSS Readers in extension directory but i find Simple RSS Reader is the best of all! Thanx to developer!
Reviews: 10
This is the best of the rss readers that work in joomla 3.0. so far. Much better than joomla's default rss module.
Reviews: 20
This was the one RSS reader that retrieved (and resized) feeds images correctly. Just customize CSS and you´re done with a great improvement for any site! Thanks to the developer. Great work.
Reviews: 20
I have to concur with the two previous reviews: this does not work. I get an error which say:
"Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated"
on all the feeds.
This issue was raised over 6 weeks ago on the developer's forum by other users but it was left unanswered.
Owner's reply

Upgrade to the newest version 3.x. Such warnings have been fixed.

Reviews: 2
My hopes were very high based on positive feedback given here. Yes, extension was easy to install, and easy to set up.

Still, the extension did not do what it was supposed to - I was looking for a RSS feed reader which could retrieve set number of items for all specified feeds. This only shows feeds from last added feed. There are several support requests on their support forum regarding this as well. And none of the support requests regarding this problem was answered.

Easy to uninstall too.
Owner's reply

You probably misconfigured the module. Actually, what makes this module great is the fact it combines multiple feeds into one output. Just make sure you set how many items to fetch per feed AND overall. If you retrieve 10 items per feed and your feed total is also 10, then if one of your feed sources is more often updated, it will show up first (since everything is sorted by date).

Reviews: 2
Module shows simplepie conflict errors.
Owner's reply

The newest version 3.x does not use SimplePie anymore - you should not see those errors anymore if you just install v3.x on top of 2.x.

Reviews: 3
I have to say, after watching video after video on how to do feeds directly with joomla and coming up short...I was relieved to see how simple it was with this extension. Less time racking my brain, more time being productive!
Reviews: 6
The feed module in Joomla didn't work for me. I didn't like the bullet points, and the text broke out of the module width I'd set.

luckily, Simple RSS Feed Reader came to the rescue.
Setup and working in 2 minutes.
Reviews: 2
Great product! Very easy to use and to create a custom theme to fit your website requirements.
Reviews: 12
Nice module and easy set-up, works well except does not show images.
Reviews: 16
I tried several other RSS readers to integrate an existing Podcast and Blogger blog into my Joomla site. The others were making weird cascading layout things or were only customizable in the code. I'm not a coder, so that wouldn't really work for me.

This RSS Feed Reader worked first shot out of the box, Podcast and Blog posts showed up beautifully and with a few settings, I was VERY happy with the result.

Thank you!
Reviews: 8
It may somehow be my mistake but two things happened. First, when I attempted to display feed items using Simple RSS Feed Reader on the same page as the standard Joomla Feed "mod_feed" Reader I got a white screen. I understand that this may not be possible, however then, when I attempted to uninstall the module there were two instances of "mod_feed" in my module list. I uninstalled the first thinking it was the one associated with Simple RSS Feed Reader and what happened is that the uninstall uninstalled both! Now I no longer have the standard Joomla mod_feed module. I do backups before installation of anything new so I can recover from this but people should be aware of this unexpected behavior.
Reviews: 1
The includet Simplepie library is not compatible with Php 5.3.
Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated.

According to Simplepies site, this wont be fixed soon, compatibility with Php 4.x is preferred.
Reviews: 2
Once installed my site went really slow with loading times from 10 to 15 seconds.
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