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Adding feeds to your site (5)

How do I add a feed to my page/post?

This is very easy. To add a feed to your page or post, simply place the Syndicate Press shortcode into your page or post where you want the feed content to be displayed.

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Can I put a feed into my theme?

Yes, use the Syndicate Press PHP API function call: <?php sp_getFeedContent(“feedName”); > .

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Can I put a feed in a Widget?

Yes, simply use the [sp# …] Syndicate Press shortcode.

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Does Syndicate Press add feed articles to my site?

Syndicate Press does not add feed content to your site on a permanent basis. This means that SP does not create pages or posts out of feed articles. The feed content that is displayed by SP is transient, meaning that if the feed publisher decides to add, remove or change an article in their feed, SP will reflect the change when the SP cache is updated.

Syndicate Press does display feed content in a manner that reflects the CSS and styling of your site. When a page that contains an SP shortcode is requested from your site, SP is invoked by the WordPress engine and dynamically inserts the cached feed content into the page while the page is being generated. This occurs right before the page is sent from the server tot he client browser. Since SP utilizes a caching mechanism, this operation is extremely fast.

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There are lots of news feeds, can I add ANY feed to my site?

Probably not any feed. The feeds that you choose to syndicate on your site should have Terms of Use statements that allow the publishers content to be syndicated on other sites.

Before syndicating a feed, make sure that you have permission from the feed producer to use their feed on your website. Most publishers are happy to allow syndication of their feeds because it provides free, community based advertising for their content. There are feed producers who do not want their RSS feeds syndicated. You are responsible for following the terms of use set forth by a feed producer.

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Cache (2)

How do I enable the cache?

The SP cache is enabled by default. The caching behavior of SP is configured on the SP Admin panel in the ‘Cache’ tab.

There are 2 caches that SP uses. The ‘Input’ cache will download and cache the raw XML feed from the publisher. The ‘Output’ cache stores the “rendered” html feed content for fast insertion into your site pages right before they are served to your visitor.

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Does Syndicate Press add articles as pages on my site?

No. Syndicate Press does not add articles as pages or posts on your site. Syndicate Press aggregates and displays the current content of the feed as the publisher has provided it.  This means that if a publisher removes an article or changes the article content, SP will faithfully show the changes as intended by the article publisher.

Because SP employs a cache to reduce the number of hits to a publishers feed server, it may take a while for a change to a feed to be reflected on the output of the site.

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Content filtering (1)

Can I approve feed articles prior to the article being shown?

SP operates in real time. Feed items are not stored in your WordPress site as posts, rather they are stored internally to the SP plugn and only shown if the feed publisher is sending the feed item. Also note that a feed item may be filtered out if you are using SP filters. If you don’t want feed items shown that have certain words in them, then I recommend using the exclusive filter.

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feed content (5)

Can I use a custom title for an article?

The feed articles and their content (including title) are provided by the feed publisher. If you were to set custom title for a feed article, it may violate the publishers terms of use and their copyright of their feed content.  SP does not support custom article titles out of respect for the feed publishers.

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Why doesn’t Syndicate Press show the entire article?

SP does not go out and download or store the full article for display on your site. SP provides feed syndication and aggregation functionality and does not attempt to re-purpose someone else’s copyrighted content onto your site. SP only displays what the publisher provides as their news feed.

It is up to the user to make sure they are adhering to a publishers licensing rules for their articles and feed content. Different publishers have different feed and content licensing rules. One should consult those rules prior to syndicating a feed.

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Does Syndicate Press add articles as pages on my site?

No. Syndicate Press does not add articles as pages or posts on your site. Syndicate Press aggregates and displays the current content of the feed as the publisher has provided it.  This means that if a publisher removes an article or changes the article content, SP will faithfully show the changes as intended by the article publisher.

Because SP employs a cache to reduce the number of hits to a publishers feed server, it may take a while for a change to a feed to be reflected on the output of the site.

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Why does the widget area expand with more articles?

This would be expected behavior, as the widget container would naturally grow when more content is added to it. This is the default behavior of any block level html element. To change this, you might consider placing the SP shortcode in your widget into a div with a maximum height inside the text widget.

You might look at using a div something like this in your text widget:
&lt;div style=”max-height:209px;overflow:auto;”&gt;[sp# feedList=…&lt;/div&gt;
You might have to play with it a bit, but something like that just might do the trick.

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Why doesn’t my feed show up?

This can be caused by a number of issues.  One of the most frequent problems that people face is that they are using a feed URL that is being redirected by the server to another URL.

Syndicate Press does not support following redirected feed URLs, so you need to find the final URL for a feed.

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Feed publisher support (6)

Does SP support Facebook feeds?

Yes, but the challenge is finding the correct URL for the facebook wall-feed of the user you want to syndicate on your site. When logged into Facebook, find the wall of the user you would like to syndicate, then find the RSS link to get th full RSS URL for he wall feed.

Facebook and other large publishers have been known to change their feed URL’s so don’t be surprised if it works for a while and then stops. If this occurs, you may need to hunt for the feed URL again.

Remember that feeds are provided at the whim of the publisher and can change at any time.

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Does SP support Amazon product feeds?

Yes, Syndicate Press supports Amazon product feeds. To determine the correct URL for an Amazon product feed see the amazon site here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/tagging/rss-help.html

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Does SP support Amazon Associate feeds?

Yes, Syndicate Press supports Amazon Associate feeds. To determine the correct URL for an Amazon product feed see the amazon site here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/tagging/rss-help.html.

In short, you will need to add your affiliate ID to the URL using the ?tag=… parameter. This is done in the SP Admin ‘Feed URLs’ tab where you define your feeds.

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Does SP support Feedburner feeds?

Yes. In many cases Feedburner feeds will redirect to a secondary URL which provides the feed content. You will want to discover the redirected URL and use that as the feed URL in SP.

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Why doesn’t my feed show up?

This can be caused by a number of issues.  One of the most frequent problems that people face is that they are using a feed URL that is being redirected by the server to another URL.

Syndicate Press does not support following redirected feed URLs, so you need to find the final URL for a feed.

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Feed support (6)

Does SP support Atom feeds?

Yes.  Syndicate Press supports atom, RDF and RSS 1.0 & 2.0 feed formats.

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Does SP support old-school RDF feeds?

Yes.  Syndicate Press supports Atom, RDF and RSS 1.0 & 2.0 feed formats.

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Which version of RSS does SP support?

Syndicate Press supports RSS 1.0 & 2.0 feed formats.

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There are lots of news feeds, can I add ANY feed to my site?

Probably not any feed. The feeds that you choose to syndicate on your site should have Terms of Use statements that allow the publishers content to be syndicated on other sites.

Before syndicating a feed, make sure that you have permission from the feed producer to use their feed on your website. Most publishers are happy to allow syndication of their feeds because it provides free, community based advertising for their content. There are feed producers who do not want their RSS feeds syndicated. You are responsible for following the terms of use set forth by a feed producer.

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My server is behind a proxy, does SP work through a proxy?

Not at this time. This is a feature that is available for sponsorship in the future.

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Why doesn’t my feed show up?

This can be caused by a number of issues.  One of the most frequent problems that people face is that they are using a feed URL that is being redirected by the server to another URL.

Syndicate Press does not support following redirected feed URLs, so you need to find the final URL for a feed.

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Formatting (2)

Can I right-align the feed items?

Yes.

Some languages are read right-to-left (Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, etc…) instead of left-to-right (English, Spanish, German, etc…).  Syndicate Press supports this formatting, if the feed contains the formatted text.  To enable this, you may need to enable Display HTML formatting on the global SP Admin ‘Display Formatting’ tab.

Additionally, some of the SP custom formatting elements may need to have their text aligned to the right.  You can do this on the SP Admin ‘Custom Formatting’ tab.  This can be done easily by adding a div to each item and giving it a little CSS style… HEre are some examples: Add <div align=”right”> to each of the items in the Custom Formatting tab.  Be sure to close each div for each item in the ‘after’ field.  You could also do a text align like this: <div style=”text-align:center”>Timestamp</div>.

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Why does the widget area expand with more articles?

This would be expected behavior, as the widget container would naturally grow when more content is added to it. This is the default behavior of any block level html element. To change this, you might consider placing the SP shortcode in your widget into a div with a maximum height inside the text widget.

You might look at using a div something like this in your text widget:
&lt;div style=”max-height:209px;overflow:auto;”&gt;[sp# feedList=…&lt;/div&gt;
You might have to play with it a bit, but something like that just might do the trick.

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Language Support (2)

Can I display a feed that is not in English?

Yes.  Syndicate Press supports feeds that are not in English.  For example, here are 3 feeds aggregated onto a single page.  The feed language is Hebrew.  http://syndicatepress.henryranch.net/feed-tests/international-language-feeds/hebrew-language-feeds/.

Some languages are read right-to-left (Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, etc…) instead of left-to-right (English, Spanish, German, etc…).  Syndicate Press supports this formatting, if the feed contains the formatted text.  To enable this, you may need to enable Display HTML formatting on the global SP Admin ‘Display Formatting’ tab.

Additionally, some of the SP custom formatting elements may need to have their text aligned to the right.  You can do this on the SP Admin ‘Custom Formatting’ tab.  This can be done easily by adding a div to each item and giving it a little CSS style… HEre are some examples: Add <div align=”right”> to each of the items in the Custom Formatting tab.  Be sure to close each div for each item in the ‘after’ field.  You could also do a text align like this: <div style=”text-align:center”>Timestamp</div>.

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Can I right-align the feed items?

Yes.

Some languages are read right-to-left (Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, etc…) instead of left-to-right (English, Spanish, German, etc…).  Syndicate Press supports this formatting, if the feed contains the formatted text.  To enable this, you may need to enable Display HTML formatting on the global SP Admin ‘Display Formatting’ tab.

Additionally, some of the SP custom formatting elements may need to have their text aligned to the right.  You can do this on the SP Admin ‘Custom Formatting’ tab.  This can be done easily by adding a div to each item and giving it a little CSS style… HEre are some examples: Add <div align=”right”> to each of the items in the Custom Formatting tab.  Be sure to close each div for each item in the ‘after’ field.  You could also do a text align like this: <div style=”text-align:center”>Timestamp</div>.

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Time settings (2)

Why is the article timestamp not in my WordPress timezone?

Syndicate Press shows the time for each article as provided by the feed publisher. If the feed publisher changes the timestamp of the article then you would see it change on the SP output.

Remember that the SP output is cached (and refreshes the cache every 1 hour by default). If you want to clear the cache to see the latest article updates from a feed publisher, click the “Clear Output Cache” button on the SP Admin panel.

At present, the time value shown for each article does not have anything to do with your local WordPress time settings.

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How do I change the article timestamp format?

You can change the format of the time/date on the “Display Settings” tab of SP. For details on the time format string to use, click the link below the timestamp format text field.

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Troubleshooting (1)

Why doesn’t my feed show up?

This can be caused by a number of issues.  One of the most frequent problems that people face is that they are using a feed URL that is being redirected by the server to another URL.

Syndicate Press does not support following redirected feed URLs, so you need to find the final URL for a feed.

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