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Adding portlets: Finding the URLs of RSS feeds

You have two options for adding RSS feeds to your Falcon site - the portlets 'RSS feed' and 'Feedmixer'. The main difference between the two is that the first allows you to add one RSS feed and the second, more than one. But also, the first will show the description field of the first story in the feed (if there is one), whereas the second does not. This is often helpful, but sometimes if there is a problem with the feed, it isn't.

Bear in mind that you can

  • use a 'Feedmixer' portlet for only one feed and remove the problematic description field - this is particularly appropriate if you use feeds from the University jobs web service (see below).
  • include your news or events feed URL in a 'Feedmixer' portlet with other feeds, if you want to create a 'superlist'. The standard feed URLs will be http://site/news/aggregator/RSS or http://site/events/aggregator/RSS, where site is your site name.

Many rss feeds rendered on a page display an icon by the side of them (rss feed) which is linked to the rss feed itself. If you use a 'RSS feed' portlet you will see one of these has been generated (so someone else could show your feed) - if you use a 'Feedmixer' portlet you won't see one because you will commonly be showing more than one feed.

Using talks.cam and finding the url of a Talks.cam rss feed

For a single talks.cam feed, the way to find the URL is detailed below. You can aggregate several feeds and reorder them in talks.cam before you pick up the rss of the feed.

  • Go to the appropriate talks.cam page, for instance http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/8096
  • Click on 'Further detail' at the top of the screen,
  • Click on 'Subscribe to rss feed'
  • Copy that url and use it in the portlet. It will be something like http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/rss/8096

You can also add the content of a talks.cam feed as a table in the content area of a page - see Adding a table of talks.cam info using javascript

To find or build the url of a 'University jobs' feed