RSS Feeds

Description

In WP2, users had the option to pull in content from an external RSS feed and have it display as a block, with styling like News and Events. Like news and events blocks, these blocks could be configured to regions of the page. The content is automatically generated.

 

WP2 Implementation

To add an external RSS feed in WebPublish 2, site administrators navigated to Configuration > Feed aggregator. They would create a new feed. They would need to add a Title and input the URL of the RSS feed. They could specify the update interval (i.e., how frequently new content would be pulled in) and how many items to appear in the block. Once they clicked save, the new feed would appear in the Feed overview table. Clicking “update items” would populate it with items.

To configure the block to the page, they would navigate to Structure > Blocks. The new block would appear in the “Disabled” section and would follow a naming convention “[Feed title] feed latest items”. It could then be configured to the appropriate region and page.

 

Migrating to WP3

There is no direct feature equivalent for the Feed Aggregator tool that was used in WebPublish 2. However, the most common use case for this feature was to pull in content from the Queen’s Event Calendar and the Queen’s Gazette. If a site is using a Feed Aggregator to pull in content from the Queen’s Event Calendar:

  1. Locate the page where the feed should be placed.
  2. Follow the tutorial to add the Queen’s Event Feed paragraph
  3. In terms of placement, review where it’s placed on the WP2 site – if the blocks were configured to the postscript regions, continue to keep them toward the bottom of the page. If they were in the sidebar regions, you’ll likely want to place them higher on the page (although, avoid having them appear as the first element on the page). If the block was configured for all pages on the site, confirm with the site owner whether this is necessary, or if there is a page of particular importance that the block should be placed.

If a site is using the Feed Aggregator to pull in content from the Queen’s Gazette:

  1. Locate the page where the feed should be placed
  2. Follow the tutorial to add the Queen’s News Feed paragraph
  3. In terms of placement, review where it’s placed on the WP2 site – if the blocks were configured to the postscript regions, continue to keep them toward the bottom of the page. If they were in the sidebar regions, you’ll likely want to place them higher on the page (although, avoid having them appear as the first element on the page). If the block was configured for all pages on the site, confirm with the site owner whether this is necessary, or if there is a page of particular importance that the block should be placed.

If the site was using the Feed Aggregator to pull in content from sources other than these two sites, there is currently no option for migrating this content to WP3.0