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Syndicated Content

Syndicated Content allows you to pull information from another site via an RSS feed. This is most often used to pull headlines from news sites.

Before using Syndicated Content, you will first have to get an appropriate RSS feed URL. Most major news and sports sites will provide them, although you may have to pay a small fee. On the news site, simply perform a search for RSS, look for an RSS icon, or try checking the Services section.


  1. Select the Syndicated Content asset from the New Content menu of the Admin Bar.

  2. The “Add Syndicated Content” screen will open.


  1. Enter a title for the content in the “Title” field.

  2. The “Menu Title” is the title as it appears in the navigation. You can leave this field blank and WebGUI will fill it in for you (by default WebGUI will use the “Title”).

  3. The “URL” field may also be left blank and WebGUI will generate a URL for you.

  4. The “Description” field is an area in which to enter content that will appear between the asset’s title and the information displayed. This is a good area to explain the information being syndicated.

  5. Enter the RSS feed URL in the “URL to RSS File” field (in this example the information was pulled from CNN). You can enter multiple feeds into this field; place a carriage return after each URL. WebGUI will pull feeds from all URL’s listed.


  1. Setting “Process Macros in RSS URLs” to Yes will allow you to use macros in your URL's.

  2. The “With any of these terms” field allows you to limit the headlines displayed to those that contain the words or phrases you enter, similar to a keyword search. Separate multiple items with a comma.

  3. Set your display properties in the “Display” tab.


  1. Hide from navigation?: if toggled to Yes, the menu title will not appear in the navigation.

  2. Open in new window?: if toggled to Yes, the asset will open in a new browser window if selected from the navigation.

  3. Display the title?: if toggled to No, the asset’s title will not appear on the page.

  4. Style Template: select a style in which to view the asset. If the asset is part of a layout asset, the layout asset’s style will be used instead.

  5. Printable Style: if the page is made printable a pared down printer friendly version will be made available.

  6. Cache Timeout: the amount of time before a user’s cache is refreshed.

  7. Syndicated Content Template: determines the content layout for this asset.

  8. Maximum Number of Headlines: determines the number of headlines to be displayed. Set to zero (0) for no limit. Note that all headlines from an RSS feed are still fetched, but may not be displayed based on the value entered here.

  1. Select your security settings from the “Security” tab.


  1. Owner: this person has full editing and viewing rights of the asset. The owner is usually the person who created the asset.

  2. Who can view?: select what users can view the asset on the site.

  3. Who can edit?: select who can edit the content of this asset.

  1. The Metadata tab is the standard Metadata screen common amongst all assets. If you need to handle metadata for the purposes of content profiling you can do so here.

  1. The RSS tab allows you to set specific RSS feed properties for this asset.






  1. “Items Per Feed” sets the number of items to include in the feed.

  2. In the “Feed Copyright” field you can enter specific copyright information. This field is optional.

  3. The “Feed Title” is where you can enter a title for this feed. If this is left blank, the asset's title will be used.

  4. Enter a description of the items included in this feed in the “Description” feed.

  5. In the “Feed Image” field you can upload an image to be associated with this feed. This could be something like a company logo.

  6. If a feed image is uploaded, you can link that image to a specific location by entering a URL in the “Feed Image Link” field.

  7. An optional description of the image can be entered in the “Feed Image Description” field. If left blank, the asset's title will be used.

  8. The “HTML Header Feed Links” field allows you select feed types to include in the HTML headers, which browsers often offer as options to their users.

14. Click save and the information from the URL you indicated will appear on the site.



Users click on a headline to be directed to the original story.


Keywords: Assets headlines news feed newsfeed RSS xml

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