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Headlines Plugin

Description

This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Note: Syndic8.com ( http://www.syndic8.com/ ) is a good site listing many RSS feeds.

Syntax Rules

%HEADLINES{"..."}%

Parameter ExplanationSorted ascending Default
href="..." (Alternative to above) N/A
format Format of one item. Can include these variables:
- $title: news item title (item.title)
- $link: news item link (item.link)
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate, item.date)
- $category: the article category (item.category)
Global FORMAT setting
header Header. Can include these variables: - $channeltitle, $title: title of channel (channel.title)
- $channellink, $link: link of channel (channel.link)
- $channeldescription, $description: description (channel.description)
- $channeldate, $date: publication date of the channel (channel.pubDate)
- $rights: copyrights of the channel (channel.copyright)
- $imagetitle: title text for site (image.title)
- $imagelink: link for site (image.link)
- $imageurl: URL of image (image.url)
- $imagedescription: description of image (image.description)
Global HEADER setting
limit="12" Maximum number of items shown Global LIMIT setting
refresh="60" Refresh rate in minutes for caching feed; "0" for no caching Global REFRESH setting
"..." source of RSS feed; this can be an url (starting with http) or a web.topic location for internal feeds None; is required

The header and format parameters might also use variables rendering the dc, image and content namespace information. Note, that only bits of interest have been implemented so far and those namespaces might not be implemented fully yet.

Rendering the dc namespace

The following variables are extracting the dc namespace info, that could be used in header and format. Nnote, that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formating parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is prefered over <dc:title> content </dc:title> .

  • $title: channel/article title (dc:title)
  • $creator: channel creator (dc:creator)
  • $subject: subject text; this will also add an image according to the subject hash list, see above (dc:subject)
  • $description: ... (dc:description)
  • $publisher: the channel/article publisher (dc:publisher)
  • $contributor: ... (dc:contributor)
  • $date: ... (dc:date)
  • $type: ... (dc:type)
  • $format: ... (dc:format)
  • $identifier: ... (dc:identifier)
  • $source: ... (dc:source)
  • $language: ... (dc:language)
  • $relation: ... (dc:relation)
  • $coverage: ... (dc: coverage)
  • $rights: ... (dc: rights)

Rendering the image namespace

An image:item is converted into an <img> tag using the following mappings:

  • src: image url (rdf:about attribute of the image.item tag)
  • alt: image title (title)
  • width: image width (image:width)
  • height: image height image:height)

Rendering the content namespace

The variable $content is refering to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.

Examples

Slashdot News

Write

%HEADLINES{"http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf" header="---+!! [[$link][$title]]$n $description" format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"}%
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog

Write

%HEADLINES{"http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="3"}%

to get the latest postings on the "Business Opportunities" weblog:

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:55:18 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:55:18 +0000 Erin Eagan

Opening a franchise doesn’t mean you have to break the bank  - in fact there are plenty of franchise opportunities under 10k available to you.

RELATED: 20 CHEAP FRANCHISES TO START UNDER $20,000

If you dream of being your own boss but don’t want to dream big without spending big, take a look at the following franchises that will earn you maximum profits with minimal costs.


bar-b-clean-franchise

Bar-B-Clean

Min Investment: $7,250
Bar-B-Clean was founded by Bryan Weinstein in early 2011. With tireless effort, development of a thorough cleaning process, effective marketing plans and a passion for educating the public on the many benefits of a clean barbecue, Bar-B-Clean built its local client base and became profitable very quickly. This home-based business is one of the top franchise opportunities under 10K, so no office space or office related expenses are necessary. In addition, all required equipment will fit in whatever vehicle you are currently using, so there is no need for a company car or truck. Bar-B-Clean's initial investment is low enough so that your break-even point will be much sooner than you think. With their extensive training, efficient cleaning process, marketing materials and franchisee support, you can be out cleaning and making money within a month of signing your franchise agreement.


urban-vendors-franchise

Urban Vendor

Min Investment: $10,000
Since early 2010, Urban Vendor has been a pioneer in the healthy vending industry by offering guilt-free snacks, beverages and care products in earth-friendly KarmaBoxes. Their all-inclusive vending package allows independent operators to live their day-to-day lives with little interruption from their vending unit, known as a KarmaBox, business. When you become an Urban Vendor independent operator, you will be working with KarmaBox Consultants before, during and after your investment to help grow your healthy vending business. By choosing Urban Vendor as your healthy vending platform, you are well on your way to becoming your own boss in an untapped field with high growth potential.


cleantastic-franchise

Cleantastic

Min Investment: $3,000
A Cleantastic cleaning franchise is your own commercial cleaning business with experienced help. When you purchase a franchise you get the right to use the Cleantastic commercial cleaning business system, their name, support and technical expertise. You will receive comprehensive training, equipment, uniforms, business cards and manuals. In fact everything you need to get started including a client base. You choose the size of the package (guaranteed work) you would like to start with. You have many options. You could purchase a lawn mowing franchise, a window cleaning franchise or a car cleaning franchise - and these are all sound franchising opportunities. With a Cleantastic franchise you’ll see the many lifestyle benefits and financial opportunities offered to our franchise owners.


spaceWalk_franchise

Space Walk

Min Investment: $3,500
Space Walk, America’s leading provider of inflatable fun, has over 40 years of experience unlocking the success of people like you across the United States. With our Partner Program, Space Walk will put you into business for yourself and commit long term to helping you become a success in your community. We’re the inventors of the inflatable amusement industry and have already helped many families and individuals just like you across the country. When you become a space walk partner you will receive: inflatables to rent in your community, you do not have to purchase the equipment; some Space Walk partners have over $200,000 worth of equipment that Space Walk provided; a custom designed computer program for taking reservations; a business license - no cost to you because Space Walk pays for it; and more.


spraylessscratchrepair-franchise

Sprayless Scratch Repair

Min Investment: $8,995
Sprayless Scratch Repair's patented process is more than 18 years proven. Dealerships and retail customers rely on SSR for expert repairs on chips, scratches and blemishes in their car’s paint. Now, SSR offers a highly profitable incremental income stream, for existing business' as well as new independent business entrepreneurs, offering an opportunity to start up quickly and effectively. The ''SSR System'' includes all the training and tools necessary for you to become part of the largest network of after market car care providers in the world, leading the industry in cosmetic appearance service contracts offered by automotive dealerships throughout the United States. Their system is designed for Aftermarket Car Care Professionals with an existing touchup or spray system as an introduction to the huge benefits of owning an SSR system. The system comes with 18 SSR colors and will repair 100% of the colors you will come across on a daily basis. The system contents have the ability to return over $25,000 in repairs. However, the SSR support doesn't end once you’ve purchased your system. Ongoing support continues to be available to you by phone or by a trainer visiting your site.


hygienitech-franchise

Hygienitech

Min Investment: $4,650
If you are looking for one of today's top franchise opportunities under 1oK while offering unlimited earning potential, Hygienitech Mattress and Upholstery Cleaning and Sanitizing Systems might be for you. The USA-made and patented Hygienitech system uses incredible suction, high frequency pulsating ultrasonic waves combined with a powerful UV-C germicidal light to destroy and eradicate dust mites, bacteria, common viruses, mold and mildew, fungal spores and other harmful allergens and unhealthy contaminants that accumulate in mattresses, upholstered items, pillows, curtains, carpeting, draperies, children's toys, as well as on the hard surfaces in homes, hotels or any type of multi-bed facility. And it’s all accomplished with an environmentally friendly, dry and chemical-free process. Once your customers see how unhealthy and contaminated their mattress is from the free 3-minute dust mite and allergen detection test that you provide, the rest is easy. Soon, you’ll be doing all the mattresses and just about everything else in their house or multi-bed facility on a regular basis.


kinderdance international-franchise

Kinderdance International

Min Investment: $10,000
Kinderdance is the original worldwide dance, motor development, gymnastics and fitness program that combines academic readiness skills which are specifically designed for children ages 2 to 12. What makes Kinderdance unique is that all of their programs incorporate educational concepts in a developmentally designed curriculum that teaches to the total child. They place special emphasis on building “Self Confidence” and “Self-Esteem” in young children. Franchisees offer Kinderdance’s innovative “education through dance” programs to thousands of children across North America, teaching at YMCAs, churches, public and private school systems, military bases and community centers, in addition to preschools and child-care centers.


national tax office-franchise

National Tax Office

Min Investment: $799
If you aspire to open your own tax preparation business, you probably already know that building a business independently can be difficult. At the same time, franchising through a larger company can quickly become costly. Fortunately, National Tax Office solves both of these problems - helping you to build out your business under a trusted and established name while offering competitive pricing and revenue splitting. When you work with NTO, you never have to worry about costly initial investments or ongoing obligations. Their investment requirements are reasonable, and they work closely with you to find terms that you can meet. National Tax Office is prepared to work with most aspiring entrepreneurs, regardless of background, and can provide economical solutions to help you launch your tax preparation business.


LaunchHomecare-franchise

Launch Homecare

Min Investment: $5,000
Launch Homecare has combined two businesses into one. Explode your earning potential by using this innovative business model and providing both home care and assisted living placement services to your clients. The “60 Days to Launch” product is a starter-package designed to help you plan and prepare for the launch of your home care and assisted living placement company. Understanding the industry and having a realistic and strategic plan is crucial to your future success. This product is designed to get you started in the right direction. Their VIP Package, as seen below, is where you’ll find the entire collection of our resources, tools, software, and LIVE training but we really believe that the first step in your journey as a successful entrepreneur in this industry is understanding the basics, putting together a plan of action, and then preparing for the launch of your new business.


captain-tony-s-pizza-franchise

Captain Tony’s Pizza

Min Investment: $10,000
In 1972, Antonio Martella opened the first Captain Tony’s Pizza & Pasta Emporium in the fine state of New York. The family decided to share this great pizza with the world by expanding into a franchise in 1985. Now, Captain Tony’s Pizza and Pasta Emporium is leading the way in pizza franchise opportunities under 10K. Their restaurant specializes in dine-in, take-out and delivery of mouth-watering gourmet pizzas, operating from a minimum amount of space. Captain Tony’s Pizza is offered to customers in the “Anyway you want it” system, allowing them to eat a pizza the way they want it, choosing from a variety of pizza toppings and combinations. Equipment costs are low and leasehold improvements will vary depending on whether you have a full-service, dine-in restaurant or a take-out and delivery unit.


golftournamentoutfitters_franchise

Golf Tournament Outfitters

Min Investment: $3,900
Golf Tournament Outfitters is an 11-year-old company offering a turn-key marketing business which supplies gift items and facilitates on-course contests for charity golf tournaments. This is a work-from-home seasonal business, so they also sell member perks to membership groups and fundraising incentive items to non-profit organizations. This can be a great part-time income opportunity for someone who might be retired, or you can work this business full-time throughout the year. It is your choice, since there are no sales quotas and it is your business to run. Expect annual full-time income up to $50,000. They provide a connect-the-dots marketing and sales plan along with the sales tools and forms you will need to solicit charity golf event directors. They also provide training to get you started and follow-up support as long as you need it and will supply you with office support and drop-ship all products directly to your customers.


mopfrog-franchise

Mopfrog

Min Investment: $5,000
As the $49 billion dollar commercial and residential cleaning business grows and continues to prove to be virtually recession-proof, now is the perfect time to join the Mopfrog team. Your investment, consisting of Mopfrog products and equipment and allows you to begin marketing to over 20,000 households in your area. These households are likely to use cleaning maid services due to the fact that their average income is over the $75,000 annual income threshold. In addition, as a Mopfrog franchisee, you are offering a Green service that cleans as well or better than other, more traditional, alternative services and provides a non-chemical cleaning environment. This opportunity allows you to set up your Mopfrog location within weeks and begin servicing customer accounts right away. Moreover, the start-up fee is significantly lower as one of the franchise opportunities under 10K, allowing you to use your investment towards growing your business and maximizing profit.


slip-doctors-franchise

Slip Doctors

Min Investment: $10,000
If you are considering one of the top franchise opportunities under 10K, you owe it to yourself to consider SlipDoctors. SlipDoctors has developed several methods for improving traction on tiles, stone, porcelain, concrete and most other surfaces commonly found on walking surfaces, boat decks, porcelain and fiberglass bathtubs, showers, wood - even synthetic surfaces. They offer packages that are reasonably priced and have a lead generating program that is designed to assist you in getting your business underway in the shortest possible time. Training is available at our headquarters in Carrollton, Texas.


big mouth direct-franchise

Big Mouth Direct

Min Investment: $10,000
When you purchase a Big Mouth Direct franchise, you will have a business to sell low-cost digital business solutions to small- to medium-sized businesses in an exclusive territory and make a lot of money. You will offer search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click, social media, reputation management, website design and development, email and text marketing and other digital business solutions. It's easy - every small business needs to increase their presence on the Internet, drive traffic, convert the traffic to leads and the leads to sales. This is truly one of today’s franchise opportunities under 10k. You’ll be selling digital business solutions within 30 days. In 2013, e-commerce on the Internet surpassed $1 trillion. All forecasts predict continued growth and incredible opportunity for Internet marketing, advertising and other digital business solutions. Big Mouth Direct can get you up and running, making money fast.


krispy krunchy chicken-franchise

Krispy Krunchy Chicken

Min Investment: $2,500
Krispy Krunchy Chicken was established in 1993 and has 70 combined years of experience in the c-store/food service industry. There are currently over 700 locations in 25 states. Although specializing in c-stores, grocery stores, and supermarkets, you will also find Krispy Krunchy in a zoo, water park, mall food courts, and free standing units. Krispy Krunchy Chicken also specializes in remodeling, re-design and construction planning. Krispy Krunchy will provide you approximately one week's training at your location at our expense and will provide assistance with operational problems, such as gross profit, volume, labor, etc. They will also grant you geographic protection (to be determined by Krispy Krunchy rep). If a potential operator within this area wishes to market to Krispy Krunchy program, and they determine that it is not a competitor, they will still require your consent to brand that operator.

RELATED: TOP RATED FRANCHISES TO OWN

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:49:31 +0000 Erin Eagan

Every year technology gets more advanced, and consumers are beginning to expect high-quality delivery no matter where they are or what they want. You can see this very easily with Amazon and their Prime service, which is making one- and two-day delivery commonplace. Amazon has even talked about using drones in the future to make delivery practically instantaneous, so that consumers can order their goods from the comfort of their home and then get them delivered to their doorstep on the same day.

RELATED: 10 HOME BASED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES YOU SHOULD KNOW

This desire and expectation for convenience is extending far beyond online shopping. More and more restaurants and retailers are looking for ways to provide home delivery to their customers because many consumers no longer see the need to go out of their homes when they want to buy something. There are multiple apps and companies springing up to take care of this problem, and one of the most interesting is Doorstep Delivery.

Doorstep Delivery is a company that helps deliver a restaurant's food to customers up to five miles away. If a restaurant doesn't have their own delivery drivers or can't afford to hire some, Doorstep Delivery can be a great way to provide the type of service and convenience that customers want.

The company was originally created to provide people with more delivery choices. Besides pizza, Chinese food, and the occasional sandwich shop, most restaurants do not normally provide delivery, and if they do, it takes too long. Doorstep Delivery helps both the restaurants and the customers, by providing a quick and reliable solution that's makes things more efficient for both parties.

How Doorstep Delivery Works

As one of these new technologically savvy companies, Doorstep Delivery utilizes a website and an app to make ordering as simple as possible. People can download the app on their smartphone, and after entering their zip code they will be able to see all of the options nearby. This makes it very convenient and reduces the barriers for new customers. If someone is less tech savvy, they can also call the company to make their order.

Doorstep Delivery should be interesting to franchisees for two reasons. First, it now makes delivery much easier than it's ever been. Franchisees can now offer delivery services without having to pay a full-time delivery driver. This can be a great option if there is a significant amount of delivery orders but not enough for a driver. In addition, delivery drivers can create a lot of liability for a restaurant if that driver gets into an accident. Using Doorstep Delivery is a safer, easier and cheaper solution for most franchises locations.

RELATED: TOP ONLINE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Franchisees may also be interested in Doorstep Delivery because it's actually a franchise, too. Entrepreneurs can enter into a franchise agreement to use the company's brand and all of its proprietary technology. Once you've become a franchisee, it will be easy to start working with restaurants in your city and get new customers through the Doorstep Delivery app.

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:41:26 +0000 Erin Eagan

Rockin' Jump is a family-friendly, indoor trampoline park with over with arenas for open jumping, dodgeball, basketball, a foam pit and private party rooms. Aaron Bakken has been Franchise Sales Director for Rockin' Jump since 2010, and as of the last year, he is also a co-owner of a Rockin' Jump in Madison, WI.

We recently spoke with Bakken about his experience in starting a franchise. We learned how he went about location selection, what he would do differently if given the chance and how potential competitors eventually became his business partners. This one is a must-read for potential franchisees.


How long have you owned a franchise?

One year.

RELATED: 20 UNIQUE FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES

What were you doing before becoming a franchise owner?

Selling franchises.

Why did you choose your franchise?

I've been working with Rockin' Jump since its inception in 2010. I eventually moved into a role as their Franchise Sales Director and began to realize that I would be a much better advocate for the brand if I owned a park of my own (not to mention I wanted to get in on the potential long-term return on investment I'd been pitching to and seeing my franchisees earning).

What were some of the challenges you faced when starting your franchise?

Getting everything organized. There are so many moving parts to getting one of these parks opened successfully. Also, I have business partners, and we haven't always seen eye to eye on how to manage everything. It's taken some time for us to settle in to a routine and a process for making decisions on how to run the park.

Where did you research or get advice about starting a franchise?

Well, my situation is unique since I'm part of the brand already. While I understood the marketing and operations pieces well, I really needed to understand the financing and operating financials at a deeper level. I worked with my local bank and a couple of mentors to create and assess my pro forma financial projections and to understand how to best leverage my financing options. My partners and I also had to look hard at my local market area and assess the real estate options available to me for a park. Our market has a population that is just big enough that a competitor might think they could make a go of it despite my park already being in place. However, the economic realities of the region would result in both parks generating average results at best - the region just isn't big enough for two parks. So my location selection had to be strategic and the type and size of park needed to be very competitor unfriendly. We received a lot of advice from the Rockin' Jump corporate team and our local real estate agent. Ultimately, we chose to build a brand new structure in order to best leverage a centralized location that would make it difficult for future competitors to put adequate distance between our respective parks without being way outside of the city limits and therefore inconvenient for a majority of Madison's residents.

How much did you spend before your doors were officially opened?

$1.7 million.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I handle the marketing functions of our franchise location and serve as a back-up operations manager to my majority ownership partner, who is currently serving as our general manager. I spend a lot of time searching for marketing opportunities that are cost-effective and that will get us in front of as many locals as possible. Many of the offsite promotional events available to us are on weekends, so despite being a behind the scenes partner, I still have a number of responsibilities on nights and weekends - which is inherent to the main operation of the business (something franchisees need to be aware of - this is a nights and weekends business during the school year). I also spend a good amount of time at the park talking with our guests in an effort to develop more ideas on how to reach our community of potential guests.

What is your secret to success?

Organization and regular meetings with my partners. As stated previously, there are a lot of moving parts to running a 25,000+ square-foot park with 90 part-time employees. Creating a schedule, staying organized and having clear set responsibilities between our three partners has been a key part of keeping this park a success. The same can be said if I were a sole owner and have a few managers vs. partners. Clear communication and expectation setting/follow through with our staff is also essential.

What would you do differently if you had to do it all over?

Partnerships are difficult if the partners don't see eye to eye on key matters of operations, financing and marketing. While going it alone would be a lot more work, I some days wonder if it would have been a better choice (and I'm sure my partners sometimes feel the same way). In the end, our occasional divergence of opinions has also been an asset and helped us avoid some potentially bad decisions/investments in the business. So it's a double-edged sword, I suppose.

Where do you see your business in five years?

I anticipate our debt will be paid off in 3-3.5 years and we will be through our first partial remodel/brand update at that point. We'll have well-established local partnerships and will be primarily focused more on retaining our existing guest list than building awareness of our existence. I also would like to be involved in a second and perhaps a third regional park by then.

What is one trend that really excites you?

The evolution of social media as a communications and promotional platform for local businesses.

What are your three favorite online tools or resources and what do you love about them?

  • Facebook is our primary online/social media tool to interact with our guests. I find Facebook to be very easy to leverage via boosting posts and setting up easy ad campaigns. Facebook makes geo-targeted marketing a cinch.
  • Our website is an ever-evolving online resource and I continue to search for ways to make our site's content more useful.
  • We have over 10,000 people coming through our doors monthly, 60% of which are new customers (on average). As a result, our list of email subscribers has grown quickly. We send out a bi-weekly newsletter and have found that our engagement levels are huge when compared to industry averages. So we put a lot of thought into the offers and info we put into our email campaigns.

Do you (or did you ever) have a mentor?

I do indeed. I have a few. You need impartial advice when making big decisions. Friends and family are usually too close to the situation to give you objective suggestions.

What advice do you have for others looking to own a franchise?

Pick something you really want to do and don't limit yourself to only concepts you can afford. Just because a quick food, dry cleaning, pest inspection or froyo concept might be a lower investment entry point, and therefore seem like the only options available to you given your personal finances, doesn't necessarily mean one of them is the right choice for you or the only choice available. I've been amazed at how many people are interested in investing in a smart business concept, but have no interest in being involved in the operations. Think big, think outside of your comfort zone and work your network of potential investors. Don't settle for a dull concept. Do something you really want to do and find people to back you in the venture if you need extra $$ in order to do so. You're going to work hard regardless of the franchise you choose, so it may as well be something you really have a passion for.

Would you recommend others be franchisees? Why?

I've started five other businesses in the past 15 years. Some were successful for a time, and some not at all. All of them were from the ground up - no template, no support, just hard work and trial and error. That process has proven to be exhausting and at times heart wrenching when it doesn't work out. Franchising makes starting a business so much easier. It's no guarantee you'll be successful, but I can say that having a franchisor/franchisee network of support, paired with the upfront intellectual property and project management provided by the franchisor, will make your chances infinitely greater than striking out on your own.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I mentioned earlier the strategic nature of my real estate and location search process. Why this ended up being so important was proven to me near the end of my search for a location. I was a day or two from signing a lease for a property and launching my own park - I had no operating partners. I received a call from our trampoline equipment manufacturer indicating that he'd been contacted by a duo that were planning to bring an independently branded park to Madison. And their preferred location was only five miles away. Bad news for both of us.

Fearing that our respective year-plus of planning was about to be seriously jeopardized, I agreed to meet with this independent park team to discuss the market and our plans. There was some proverbial chest pounding about who was going to have a better park, but ultimately we came to the same conclusion: Madison isn't a big enough market for two parks. We began talking in detail about how we could work together, and tried to quickly get to know one another. I agreed to come in as a 20% investor and manage our marketing, while one member of the duo would be the primary owner (62%) and the main operating partner, with the third partner (at 18%) serving as our construction and facilities manager. They agreed to join me in my franchise program and I agreed to open a park at their preferred location and to follow some of their property layout and interior design plans.

In the end, it hasn't been a perfect marriage, but we're all going to benefit far more financially, with less risk, by having pooled our resources and our experience. Ultimately, we've built a bigger and better park than any competitor would be prudent to consider trying to out do. 

Where can people get more information on Rockin' Jump franchise opportunities?

Visit the website here.

Where can people find your Rockin' Jump on social media?

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Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %HEADLINESPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%. Note: Don't modify the settings here; copy and customize the settings in SitePreferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Main.SitePreferences.

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in Foswiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Disable caching: 0, default: 60
    • Set REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown. Default: 100
    • Set LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent, or fallback to Foswiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes
    • Set USELWPUSERAGENT = yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20
    • Set USERAGENTTIMEOUT = 20

  • Name of user agent. Default: FoswikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21.1
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = FoswikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21.1

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADER = <div class="headlinesChannel"><div class="headlinesLogo"><img src="$imageurl" alt="$imagetitle" border="0" />%BR%</div><div class="headlinesTitle">$n---+!! <a href="$link">$title</a></div><div class="headlinesDate">$date</div><div class="headlinesDescription">$description</div><div class="headlinesRight">$rights</div></div>

  • Default format of one item: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set FORMAT = <div class="headlinesArticle"><div class="headlinesTitle"><a href="$link">$title</a></div>$n<span class="headlinesDate">$date</span> <span class="headlinesCreator"> $creator</span> <span class="headlinesSubject"> $subject </span>$n<div class="headlinesText"> $description</div></div>

  • Values taken from configure: (only supported if CPAN:LWP is installed)
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as "intra.example.com, bugs.example.com";

Style sheets

The default HEADER and FORMAT settings use the following styles. See the style.css file defining the default CSS properties (indentation illustrates enclosure).

  • headlinesRss: output of the HeadlinesPlugin (div)
    • headlinesChannel: channel header (div)
      • headlinesLogo: channel logo (div)
      • headlinesTitle: channel title (div)
      • headlinesDate: channel date (div)
      • headlinesDescription: channel description (div)
      • headlinesRight: channel copyright (div)
    • headlinesArticle: one news item (div)
      • headlinesTitle: article title (div)
      • headlinesDate: article date (span)
      • headlinesCreator: author of article (span)
      • headlinesSubject: subect category of the article (span)
      • headlinesText: article text (div)

Plugin Installation Instructions

  • Download the ZIP file
  • Unzip it in your foswiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/System/HeadlinesPlugin.txt plugin topic
    pub/System/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css default css
    lib/Foswiki/HeadlinesPlugin.pm plugin perl module
    lib/Foswiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm plugin core
    Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.
  • Optionally, run HeadlinesPlugin_installer.pl to automatically check and install other Foswiki modules that this module depends on. You can also do this step manually.
  • Alternatively, manually make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved.
    NameVersionDescription
    Digest::MD5>=2.33Required. Download from CPAN:Digest::MD5
    LWP::UserAgent>=5.803Optional. Download from CPAN:LWP::UserAgent

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, Foswiki:Main.MichaelDaum (2005-2007)
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: 2.21.1 (08 Mar 2009)
Change History:  
08 Mar 2009: Ported without changes to Foswiki namespace by Kenneth Lavrsen and put under "Feel Free To Modify" in Foswiki context.
12 Feb 2009: {PROXY}{HOST} supports domain with and without protocol -- Peter Thoeny
06 Feb 2009: added {PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} configure setting, added USERAGENTNAME plugin setting -- Peter Thoeny
11 Dec 2008: added {PROXY}{HOST} and {PROXY}{PORT} configure settings -- Peter Thoeny
13 Sep 2007: fixed parsing of content:encoded
23 Jul 2006: improved atom parser; if a posting has no title default to 'Untitled'
26 Apr 2006: added lazy compilation
10 Feb 2006: packaged using the TWiki:Plugins/BuildContrib; minor fixes
03 Feb 2006: off-by-one: limit="n" returned n+1 articles; make FORMAT and HEADER format strings more robust
23 Jan 2006: released v2.00
05 Dec 2005: internal feed urls must be absolute
02 Dec 2005: added web.topic shorthand for internal feeds
29 Nov 2005: fixed CDATA handling
21 Nov 2005: added ATOM support; extended RSS support; added dublin core support; added content support; optionally using LWP to fetch feeds to follow redirections; corrected CPAN dependencies ; recoding special chars from html integer to entity encoding to increase browser compatibility; added css support; use getWorkArea() if available
11 May 2005: TWiki:Main.WillNorris: added DevelopBranch compatability
31 Oct 2004: Fixed taint issue by TWiki:Main.AdrianWeiler; small performance improvement
29 Oct 2004: Fixed issue of external caching if mod_perl or SpeedyCGI is used
02 Aug 2002: Implemented caching of feeds, thanks to TWiki:Main/RobDuarte
11 Jun 2002: Initial version (V1.000)
Perl Version: 5.008
Plugin Home: http://foswiki.org/Extensions/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: http://foswiki.org/Extensions/HeadlinesPluginDev
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