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Display an RSS feed in Joomla 1.5

This tutorial will show you how to display an RSS feed in Joomla 1.5

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds enable you to provide an up-to-the-minute list of all the articles on an external site

This list is in a specific format that many other web software programs and websites — even Joomla sites — can link to and easily display

1) Click Extensions

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2) Click Module Manager

Scroll right

3) Click New

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4) Select Feed Display

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Scroll right

5) Click Next

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6) Enter a Title

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If Show Title is set to Yes, the module name will be displayed on the front-end

7) Choose the position where the module should be displayed on the page

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8) Set the order this module will display in

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Scroll down

Here, you can set the menu in which this module will display

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Scroll up and right

9) Enter the suffix for the CSS class of this module

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In this example, the CSS class name of this module would be .module-feed

10) Type the URL where the feed is located

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11) Click Advanced Parameters

This is where you can set your caching options

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12) Click Save

The feeds will now display on our front page. Let’s go to our Joomla site now

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Scroll down

The feeds are displayed here

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Let’s return to our admin panel and see a second way to display an RSS feed

Instead of having all the content of the feed display in the sidebar, let’s create a menu item that links to a separate page with the feeds displayed there

13) Click Components

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14) Then News Feeds

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15) Then Categories

Scroll right

16) Click New

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17) Enter a Title for the new category

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18) The Alias is an internal name that Joomla uses in the URL if SEF is enabled

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Entering an alias is optional; and, if left blank, Joomla will create a default one by automatically converting the title to lowercase and replacing any spaces with a hyphen

However, you may manually enter an alias, if desired

19) Click Save

Now let’s create the feed

20) Click Components

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21) Then click News Feeds

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22) Then Feeds

Scroll right

23) Click New

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24) Type a Name for the feed

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Again, entering an alias is optional

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25) Select the category we just created

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26) Enter the link where the feed is located

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27) Click Save

Now let’s create a menu to display a link to the news feed page

28) Go to Menus

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29) And click Menu Manager

Scroll right

30) Click New

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The Unique Name is what Joomla uses to identify this module within the code

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31) Enter a Title

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32) Type a Description

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33) The Module Title is what will display on the front-end. If this field is left blank, the module will not be created

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Scroll right

34) Click Save

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The next thing we need to do is add a menu link to the category we just created

35) Go to Menus

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36) And click Feeds

Scroll right

37) Click New

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38) Select News Feeds

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39) Click Category Layout

40) Enter a Title

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41) Type an Alias

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42) Select the menu this link should appear in

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Scroll right

43) Select the Category

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44) Click Save

The last thing we need to do is enable the menu

45) Click Extensions

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46) Then Module Manager

47) Click the red X next to the item

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The menu will now show up on the front-end. Let’s go to our Joomla site

Here is the link we created

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The feed is now displayed on it’s own page

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This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to display RSS feeds in Joomla