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Use our tools to promote a news feed.

Enfeedia offers many ways you can promote your feed to bring attention to your endeavor. You can promote your feed by including links to it and/or the feed's NewsPage on your website, in your email signature, or in any place you communicate with the public. Or better yet, embed ("syndicate") a portion of your feed (recently posted items) directly on your website which will in turn also bring search engine optimization value to your site.

You can also get code to put on your website to provide a way for site visitors to subscribe what Enfeedia call "FeedMail". Subscribers will get email delivered to them presesnting new items that you post on your feed. The mail delivery service is Blogtrottr.

We provide a small code snippet for each case. The actual snippet depends on choices you will make as you proceed.

Two methods for syndicating your feed

If you DO wish to embed your feed on your website, we offer two choices: (1) the Original Syndication Method for which you must upload our powerful "shootOnSite" presentation script that is invoked by the code snippet mentioned above, or (2) the Super Simple Syndication Method for which you do NOT upload the script; instead, the code snippet "calls" the shootOnSite script at the Enfeedia website which generates and returns to your website the HTML code of your feed, which replaces that code snippet.

If you wish not to be bothered with fetching the shootOnSite script from time to time (when maintenance updates are offered) and uploading it to your website, or if putting that sizable piece of code on your website makes you or your webmaster uncomforgtable, then the Super Simple Syndication Method is for you.

The Original Syndication Method is available to members at all membership levels. The Super Simple Syndication Method is available to all premium members (Publisher, Publisher-Pro and Enterprise).

(Optional) Get the shootOnSite Presentation Script for the Original Syndication Method...

This step is not required if you use the Super Simple Syndication Method. Download that script from the Enfeedia server by clicking the button below if you plan on embedding your feed on your webpage using the Original Syndication Method. Find the file in the folder where you receive downloads. Upload the script to the folder on your server that contains the webpage file into which you inserted the code snippet that displays your feed. Make sure the filename of the script that you upload to your server is exactly "shootOnSite_Fns.php".


Get Your Code Snippets for Links, Syndication, and FeedMail

To proceed, enter the the account name containing the feed you wish to promote, stylize or syndicate on your website. Then more information about the options available to you will be provided.

If you are going to syndicate your feed...

For the Original Syndication Method, you can substantially customize the scope and appearance of your feed display on your site. Or you can choose from a set of five pre-defined presentations. For example, you can simply get the "BlogBlender" code snippet to beautifully blend your feed-driven blog into your website home page (or any page).

For the Super Simple Syndication Method, you will be offered five pre-defined snippets corresponding to those for the Original Syndication Method, currently with two customizations offered. A future release of Enfeedia will announce additional customization opportunities.

For either method, your site must be "php ready". By that, we mean that your host account must support PHP code -- and virtually all hosting services do -- as well as ensure your code snippet gets processed by the host's PHP processor. help notes First, your host will submit your webpage for PHP processing if its URL ends in .php, or if your .htaccess file is modified to direct the server to process PHP code in your webpage. Don't worry, our webmaster or technical support at your hosting service will understand.

Here's something interesting to try, to see if your website supports PHP. If it does, you will get a knock-your-socks-off table describing the support. You could try it on an existing page or create a new page. For example, try both testphp.html and testphp.php.
<php phpinfo(); ?>

Finally, for Super Simple Syndication, because the code snippet refers to Enfeedia using a full URL (because the script is at Enfeedia and not on your site), your php.ini or httpd.conf file must have "allow_URL_fopen" set to ON. Typically, this is the defaut setting. Again, not to worry, your webmaster or technical support at your hosting service can help.

What's the easiet way to see what's needed? Just try it on a page with the .php extension. If that doesn't work, then your php.ini or httpd.conf file needs to be modified. But if that does work, then try it on a page with .html extension. If that doesn't work, then your .htaccess file needs to be modified.

Did you know that Wordpress -- the foundation for about 1/6 of all websites -- is built on PHP?





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Select one of these two code snippets for FeedMail subscriptions

These code snippets installed on your website present a clickable widget for your site visitors to subscribe to FeedMail. When you post items on your website, Blogtrottr will issue email to subscribers so they will learn about your news by email in their in-basket.

Paste this HTML code on your website to present a simple email-submission form for your site visitors to subscribe to FeedMail for feed "".



Paste this HTML code on your website to present a graphic button for your site visitors to subscribe to FeedMail for feed "". Clicking the button will open a page for the recipient to enter his/her email address.



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Get a PREDEFINED code snippet to beautifully blend your feed into your webpage

The code snippet is placed on a page of your website where you want the feed to be presented. It invokes the shootOnSite script to do the heavy lifting of accessing the feed file from the Enfeedia server, "parsing" the feed file, transforming it into human-readable form, and inserting the results into the page. Be sure to upload the shootOnSite script to the same folder corresponding to your webpage where you insert the snippet.

Select a Snippet

Select one of the PREDEFINED code snippets below. Replace the "NI" (number of items to be displayed) and "LI" (approximate number of characters in item description to be displayed) paramaters with numbers and insert the snippet into the html code of the webpage where you wish the feed to be presented. You will probably like the results using NI=3 and LI=300. The maximum numbers for NI and LI depend on your membership level.

For best viewing on a smart phone, use landscape orientation.

"Blog Blender"

Feed Title, Item Titles, and Item Descriptions presented in font sizes 18, 15, and 13 pixels respectively. Posting dates suppressed. Colors inherited from context. Item descriptions not indented. REPLACE NI AND LI WITH YOUR NUMERIC VALUES.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

Help

Blog Blender help

"Forum Fodder"

Feed Title not displayed. Item Titles and Item Descriptions presented in font sizes 15 and 13 pixels respectively. Posting dates displayed. Colors inherited from context. Item descriptions not indented. REPLACE NI AND LI WITH YOUR NUMERIC VALUES.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

Help

Forum Fodder help

"Testimonial Tributes"

Feed Title and Item Titles not displayed. Item Description presented in font size 13 pixels. Posting dates suppressed. Colors inherited from context. Item descriptions not indented. REPLACE NI AND LI WITH YOUR NUMERIC VALUES.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

Help

Testimonial Tributes help

"Future Events"

Feed Title and Item Description not displayed. Item Title presented in font size 14 pixels. Posting dates display replaced by scheduled Event dates. Colors inherited from context. REPLACE NI AND LI WITH YOUR NUMERIC VALUES.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

Help

Future Events help

"Past Events"

Feed Title and Item Description not displayed. Item Title presented in font size 14 pixels. Posting dates display replaced by scheduled Event dates. Colors inherited from context. REPLACE NI AND LI WITH YOUR NUMERIC VALUES.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

Help

Past Events help

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Get a Super Simple Syndication code snippet to beautifully blend your feed into your webpage

You place the syndication code snippet on a page of your website where you want the feed to be presented. It invokes the shootOnSite script at Enfeedia to do the heavy lifting of accessing the feed file from the Enfeedia server, "parsing" the feed file, transforming it into HTML-coded human-readable form, sending it back to the your webpage where the snippet "receives" it and embeds the results in into the your page replacing the snippet. You do NOT upload the shootOnSite script to your webpage.

Select a Super Simple Syndication Snippet

Select one of the Super Simple Syndication code snippets below. All these snippets include default values for the number of items to be displayed (default = 3) and the length of the item descriptions to be displayed (default number of characters = 300) before truncating the item description, following it by a "read RSS feed item" link. Clicking that link for any so truncated item opens the NewsPage (Enfeedia's feed reader) for this feed, with the corresponding item presented with full length decription. If you wish to use something other than those default values, simply substitute your numbers into the snippet.

For best viewing on a smart phone, use landscape orientation.

"Blog Blender"

Feed Title, Item Titles, and Item Descriptions presented in font sizes 18, 15, and 13 pixels respectively. Posting dates suppressed. Colors inherited from context. Item descriptions not indented. Change the number of items to be presented (NI) and the length of the items (LI) if you wish.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

"Forum Fodder"

Feed Title not displayed. Item Titles and Item Descriptions presented in font sizes 15 and 13 pixels respectively. Posting dates displayed. Colors inherited from context. Item descriptions not indented. Change the number of items to be presented (NI) and the length of the items (LI) if you wish.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

"Testimonial Tributes"

Feed Title and Item Titles not displayed. Item Description presented in font size 13 pixels. Posting dates suppressed. Colors inherited from context. Item descriptions not indented. Change the number of items to be presented (NI) and the length of the items (LI) if you wish.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

"Future Events"

Feed Title and Item Description not displayed. Item Title presented in font size 14 pixels. Posting dates display replaced by scheduled Event dates. Colors inherited from context. Change the number of items to be presented (NI) and the length of the items (LI) if you wish.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

"Past Events"

Feed Title and Item Description not displayed. Item Title presented in font size 14 pixels. Posting dates display replaced by scheduled Event dates. Colors inherited from context. Change the number of items to be presented (NI) and the length of the items (LI) if you wish.

For items stacked in a column:

For items lined up in a row:

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Get a CUSTOM code snippet and the shootOnSite Feed Reader script for embedding your feed on a webpage with the format and content you choose.

This section applies to the Original Syndication Method only!

Take direct control of the many parameters available with the full-length code snippet to give your feed presentation the format and content that you want. We'll take you through the process of creating the custom snippet code. Then place the snippet on a page of your website where you want the feed to be presented. It invokes the script to do the heavy lifting of accessing the feed file from the Enfeedia server, "parsing" the feed file, transforming it into human-readable form, and inserting the results into the page.

Control text, link and background colors of the various elements of the feed. Control logo presentation, posting date suppression, feed description indentation, feed filters, random item selection, and more.

Display some or all of your news feed directly and automatically on your website, just as if it were coded there by your webmaster. Control how many items are displayed and the length of each item. If your length parameter truncates the feed, it will automatically display a "read the feed" link at the end of the truncated item that, when clicked, displays the NewsPage with the items displayed full length.

So to present a feed on one of your webpages, you have two things to do: Build your custom snippet witgh our help and insert it into a page of your site, and download the script from the Enfeedia server and upload it to your website.


Font Size

You can specify font sizes in pixels, points, or ems. To specify as pixels, points, or ems, include "px", "pt" or "em" after your numeric value respectively. For example, 12pt. Do no include quotation marks. The values preloaded into the form are recommended values. To suppress a feed title, item title, or item description from being displayed, enter the letter n for the element you would like suppressed.


Color Overrides (Help)

Usually the best choice is to leave the entries blank so that the color attributes of your website are inherited. The result will blend best with your design. However, you can override the settings and select whatever colors you wish. Enter 6 color-code characters; FFFFFF is white, 000000 is black; do not enter the # character normally preceding a color code.

Text colors

A feed is displayed with a "feed heading" and one or more "items". You can control text, background, and link colors for the feed heading and items separately.


Background colors


Link colors


Maximum Number of Items

Determines how many items to display on the website in which the NewsOnSite code snippet is placed. Leave this field blank to show all news items in the feed. Does not affect the number of items on NewsPage displays (all are displayed on NewsPages).



Maximum Length of Item Description

Determines approximately how many characters of the news item description to display on the website in which the NewsOnSite code snippet is placed. Does not affect descriptions on NewsPage displays (the full description is displayed on NewsPages). Leave blank to not restrict the length. Set to 0 to suppress the description entirely. Maximum length depends on your Enfeedia membership level.


Show Item Description for First Item Only

You can choose to show the Item Description for the first item only, such that for the remaining items, only the Item Title is shown.


Suppression of Onsite Image Display

If you choose to suppress the display of images in description on site (using the ShootOnSite feature), a camera icon camera icon will be displayed instead of your image. Clicking the image will cause the full size image to be displayed. Regardless of your selection here, the image will be displayed on your NewsPage and in your news feed XML file.


Display Feed Logo


Display Feed Description


Horizontal vs Vertical Item Presentation, and Indentation of Item Description

Normally, item descriptions will be indented relative to the item titles to assist in distinguishing one item from the next. But you can choose to not indent the description in the event the space you've allocated for the display of your feed is too narrow. And you can choose to present items in a horizontal row rather than vertically, but if you do, indention of item description is not an option. Note: It is recommended to restrict the number of items to display horizontally to four to avoid needing to widen the browser window to view the items.


Category Filters

Filters can be used to control which items will be displayed based on words within the "Item Category" field of items of the feed. If neither filter below is specified, all items are displayed. If one filter is specified, items will be displayed if that filter matches any word in the Item Category field. If both filters are specified, items will be displayed if both filters match any word in the Item Category field (i.e., if only one filter matches a category word when two filters are specified below, the item will not be selected). Filters are single words, 20 characters maximum. Words are entered into the category field when creating or editing items in the feed.


Item Dates Display

You can choose between feed displays that include the posting date or that do not include the posting date. The former is best for time-relevant items (e.g., news, announcements) whereas the latter for items not necessarily keyed to dates (e.g., product galleries, catalogs). (To control image display size (thumbnail vs actual size) select the "Stylize Your NewsPage" button on the previous page. Default is thumbnail size. )




...and get your code snippet.

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To implement your feed display on your site using the remote shootOnSite news reader script, you must insert the code snippet provided below onto a page of your site where you want that feed to appear, and upload the shootOnSite_Fns.php script you downloaded earlier from the Enfeedia server into the same folder.

If you are inserting this snippet within other php code on the webpage, omit the "<?php" and "?>" from the beginning and end of the snippet, respectively. The physical width of the feed display on your site is controlled by other code on your site. If you wish to locate the script in a folder other than where the feed is to be displayed, you will need to modify the include("shootOnSite_Fns.php") code provided below to adjust the address. But you must not use the http:// prefix.

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