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 JoomlaReader.com, 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.
--- NOTABLE FEATURES ---
- 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).
--- GETTING STARTED ---
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 http://joomlareader.com
--- DEMO ---
Demo for "default" sub-template: http://demo.joomlaworks.net (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.
Hope we can get a fix for this though.
You may be missing required PHP modules on your local server, that's why it may not work properly for you.
In order for the module to work properly, your local server must have the following PHP modules enabled: cURL, iconv, PCRE, Zlib.
Hope this helps.
It's easy to fix that for the next version. Thanks for the input.
However, it came with two templates pre-installed, and you have to choose one of them. They don't match my site, so of course I want my site's template to dictate the style of the module, but that's not an option.
The only solution supplied is in the description above: "If you want more control, you can simply override both the generated HTML and CSS, using MVC template overrides within your Joomla! template." If someone can explain to me what that means, please do. I also don't understand why you can't just select "None" in the module's styling options.
Anyhow thanks a lot for the very useful extension ! Keep it up !
New version 2 has been released, adding amazing new features and fixing any past issues. Templating is now a breeze using MVC overrides. Try it out!
However... the module does not use a template for display! This make it impossible to change the output without changing the module itself. The provided css file has brilliant commenting, but would prefer to use my own, and can't because the imported styles from the module override mine (which are declared in ).
In conclusion: easily the best reader, but not the best for modularity/portability.
This feeder was very easy to understand & install.
The presentation is excellent. It looks a lot nicer than simple text links.
Just the right combination of options in regards to Feed titles, images, description, source, timestamp & word limit.
1 problem: I get a - Notice: Undefined variable: & Notice: Trying to get property of non-object both on line 150 in the latest version.
Suggestion: It would be great if there was an option to group the feeds according to their categories in the display.
with (at least one) blogspot feed the 'hide images' option only works if the ' Force word limit' option is left empty or from zero to a small integer (3 or 4). I guess this could be also blogspot (or this blog) fault, but I could not solve the issue.
Fo us this is a problem because we want no images, and even if we did, there's a problem with text not flowing around them -another problem.
We receive feeds in Portuguese (our own and form this site are good examples) and special caracteres (à, á, ç, ã, etc...) very important and common in Portuguese display very wrongly. Very wrongly means with two strange characters replacing one of our 'special' ones(example 'Divisão shows up as 'DivisÃ£o')
We would very much like to use this product, can this be corrected? Is this the proper place to ask for this?
If we were not seeking Portuguese feeds (I'm sure spain will have the same issues) and we didn't need this specific blogspot I would be giving this module an 'EXCELENT' I now with all this complains I should be ranking it lower, but I think it's a really great product, we just have the misfortune of needing it in the most buggy scenario
All the best
Pros: This just works, simple to follow instructions makes it a breeze to install and configure.
Cons: We installed it on our live site and found it slowed down considerably. Note: This maybe due to the feeder site and not the module itself, so we will be testing more thoroughly on our live enviroment.
Overall: If your looking for a simple feed, then Simple RSS Feed Reader is one to test out.