Allows users to view an RSS feed in your app. Users of your app will be presented with a list of articles from the chosen RSS feed. Clicking on an article opens a new screen that shows the content of the article. The "More" button takes the user to the article itself via a mobile browser.
Adding the RSS building block
- Click on Add block.
- Select the RSS - News block and click Next.
- Enter the url of the RSS feed.
- Click Next.
- Fill in the name of the block.
- Click on the icon if you want to change the image used in the menu.
- When you’re done, click Finish.
How to configure your RSS block
After you've added your RSS block you need to configure it. The RSS building block editor is composed of two editing screens; "Settings", and "Designer."
The settings in the Settings editing screen determines how your block will function while those in the Designer screen determine the aesthetics of the RSS feed.
There are several aspects of your RSS feed that can be changed in this screen; the name of the feed, the icon (or image) that will be used in the app menu, the top image for the RSS screen and the RSS source URL.
You can choose which aspects of the chosen RSS feed you would like to display by means of the sliding YES-NO selectors. You can also choose the order in which the feed is displayed (Ascending or Descending by date) and under "View" you can choose the layout in which your feed is presented.
Should the need arise to keep the users of your published app from using this portion of the app, then you can always make use of the "Active" sliding selector.
Slide the selector to "OFF" to keep users from using the RSS feed. Now you can continue developing your app without worrying about users coming upon areas that you haven't finished developing as of yet. Once you are satisfied with your progress, slide the selector back to "ON" to publish this portion of your app.
The "Design" screen allows your to make highly detailed changes to your building block. "Design" gives the developer a remarkable amount of freedom to adjust everything exactly as he or she would like it. If you'd like to know more about how "Design" works, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is RSS?
RSS is a simple mechanism that allows people to be kept up to date as to what changes are being made to a website. Users of an RSS feed need to be subscribed to that webpage to receive these updates. RSS is used primarily to track pages that are updated frequently, like news websites, though RSS can be adapted to any website. RSS organises a page in a standardised format which includes a title, an image, an introduction and a date, so that it can be read by an RSS-Reader. By subscribing to RSS feeds, a user can follow changes made to a large number of websites within a single RSS-Reader.
-How does RSS work?
The website needs to publish an RSS-feed for a specific page. Not every webpage on the internet automatically has an RSS feed linked to it. You can usually tell if a page does have an RSS feed linked to it by looking for the square, orange RSS logo with the stripes in it:
An RSS-feed is always composed of an XML webpage. Clicking on the orange RSS logo will bring you to this page. These usually look like this:
As you can tell, the XML output is not very user friendly. This is where the RSS-Reader comes in handy. One of the most popular RSS-Readers is Google Reader. With an RSS-Reader a user can track the changes made to a webpage simply by submitting the RSS page's URL to the reader. That's called subscribing to a RSS Feed. The RSS building block in AppMachine functions as an RSS-Reader.
- Does my website/webpage have an RSS feed?
This depends on the website. Many websites and content management systems do offer the option of making an RSS feed available for certain pages. Most WordPress based website have an RSS feed at /?feed=rss, /?feed=rss2, /?feed=rdf or /?feed=atom.
The RSS feed within a WordPress website can be managed in Settings-> Reading once you've logged in to your admin page (wp-admin). This allows you to designate which posts to include in your RSS Feed as well as the format of the descriptions and full text.
- Is there a way to remove the 'Share' or 'More' button at the bottom of an RSS article?
There is currently no option to remove these buttons.
- If I share an article from a RSS feed in my app it does only contain a title. Where is the url?
If your feed does not contain a URL to share, we are unable to add this to the sharing data.