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Setting Up RSS

RSS feeds are used to aggregate news, blogs, or other syndicated posts into a feed that can then be linked to or displayed. Each feed consists of items, which are created from pages. Feeds can be assigned to sections so that any pages published in that section automatically create an item.

This tutorial shows you how to create an RSS feed, assign it to a section, and create new articles that automatically update the feed. Only level 10 users have access to RSS in the Content menu.

Creating a New FeedLink to this section

First, create the RSS feed.

  1. Navigate to Content > RSS.
    The "Content" menu of OU Campus. It has the following options: Pages, Assets, Components, Snippets, RSS (highlighted blue), Find and Replace, and Recycle Bin
  2. Click the green + New button in the top-right corner of the screen.
    A green button that says "+New"
  3. Fill out the form fields as appropriate:
    • Path: The root-relative path to the new RSS feed. This feed exists as an XML file, so the path should follow this format: /rss/[yourtitlehere].xml.
    • Template: The type of feed, depending on your news listing page design.
      • If the design supports thumbnails, choose /generic-mrss-2_0.xml for a media RSS feed.
      • If it does not, choose /generic-2_0.xml for a regular RSS feed.
    • Title: Name the RSS feed. This is included in the feed's general information.
    • Description: Describe the RSS feed. This is included in the feed's general information.
    • Link: The full website domain (e.g. https://school.edu).
    • Published Date: Leave on [auto] to autofill when the RSS feed is published.
    • Published Time: Leave on [auto] to autofill when the RSS feed is published.
    • Item Count: The number of items that are included in the feed. This should be at least the number of items that appears on your news listing pages. Once the number of items in the feed exceeds this setting, the oldest items aren't included in the feed, though their associated articles still exist.
  4. Click Create in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  5. In the list of RSS feeds, hover over the newly-created feed and select Publish.
    Hovering over a row labeled /rss/tutorial.xml. The cursor is over an option that reads "Publish."
  6. Set the publish target to "Production" if it is not already and select Publish.

Creating a New News SectionLink to this section

Next, create a section to assign the feed to.

  1. Navigate to Content > Pages.
    The "Content" menu of OU Campus. The following items are listed: Pages (highlighted blue), Assets, Components, Snippets, RSS, Find and Replace, and Recycle Bin.
  2. Navigate to the location in the file structure where you want the new section to be.
  3. Click the green +New button at the top.
    A green button that says "+New"
  4. Select the template for creating a news section. This is most likely labeled "News Section," "News Listing Section," or something similar, but is ultimately unique to your implementation.
  5. Fill out the form fields as appropriate:
    • Directory Name: The file name of the new folder.
    • Page Title: The title of the index page, which is also the news listing page.
    • Description: Used for SEO.
    • Tags: Used inside OU Campus to refine search results.
    • Add Navigation Item: Select "Yes" to automatically add this page to the navigation file for the folder.
  6. Click Create. You are now viewing the index page of the folder.
  7. In the page toolbar, click Properties.
    A toolbar of gray buttons, that are as follows: "Preview," "Edit," "Source," "Properties" (circled), "Versions," a check icon, a download icon, a lightbulb icon, and a green button that reads "Publish."
  8. If it is not already selected, click Parameters in the left-hand menu. (Note: this option is only available if the page is checked out to you.)
  9. If you have it, scroll down to the "Feed Properties" or similarly-titled section, under "Custom Settings."
  10. Fill out fields as appropriate. These may vary from implementation to implementation, but typically include:
    • RSS Feed: Select the feed that is displayed on the listing page.
    • Number of Items: How many items (i.e., articles) are displayed on the listing page.
  11. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, click Save.
  12. Publish the page.

Assigning a Feed to a SectionLink to this section

By assigning an RSS feed to a news section, all news article pages created inside the section are automatically added to the RSS feed.

  1. Return to Content > Pages.
    The "Content" menu of OU Campus. The following items are listed: Pages (highlighted blue), Assets, Components, Snippets, RSS, Find and Replace, and Recycle Bin.
  2. Navigate to the folder you want to assign the feed to; you might already be in it.
  3. Open the access settings for the folder. You can do this by either:
    • Hover over the folder name in the list and select Edit > Access.
      A list of files and folders. The folder is selected in gray, and a menu is open. The menu is titled Edit and there are two options, "Access" and "Tag Access." "Access" is selected.
    • While in the folder, hover over its name in the breadcrumb and when prompted, click the name.
      The breadcrumb for a section that reads: Home icon, "athletics," "sports-news." The mouse hovers over "sports-news" and a text bubble above it reads "Click for access settings."
  4. Under the "Recursive Modification" section, choose the second option, "Apply Selected Settings to This Folder and All Enclosed Files and Folders."
  5. Scroll down to select "RSS Feed" and choose the appropriate feed from the dropdown.
  6. In the bottom-right corner, click Save.

Creating a New ArticleLink to this section

Now the RSS setup has been completed. These steps for creating a new article can be repeated every time you want to add a new article to the feed.

  1. Navigate to Content > Pages.
    The "Content" menu of OU Campus. The following items are listed: Pages (highlighted blue), Assets, Components, Snippets, RSS, Find and Replace, and Recycle Bin.
  2. Open the section that you assigned the RSS feed to.
  3. At the top of the screen, click the green +New button.
    A green button that says "+New"
  4. Select the template for creating a new news item. This is most likely labeled "News Item," "News Article," or something similar, but is ultimately unique to your implementation.
  5. Fill out the form fields as appropriate:
    • Page Title: The article title.
    • Description: Used for SEO.
    • Tags: Used inside OU Campus to refine search results. (Note: some implementations also use tags to create filtered news listings)
    • Description/Summary: The summary of the article that appears on the news listing page with the article link, if supported by the design.
    • Image/Thumbnail: The image thumbnail that appears on the news listing page with the article link, if supported by the design and this is a media RSS feed.
    • Image Description: Describe the thumbnail, for accessibility.
    • Add Navigation Item: Automatically adds this page to the section navigation.
    • Filename: The name of the file in OU Campus.
  6. In the bottom-right corner, click Create.
  7. You are now viewing your new page. Click the green button above the main content area to open the editable region.
  8. Add your news article content into the editable region.
  9. Save and exit the region by clicking the save icon (A black floppy disk icon or A blue floppy disk icon) in the toolbar.
  10. Publish the page to automatically add it to the RSS feed, and to the published news listing page associated with that feed.

 

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