How do I use Database Feeds?
The "Database Feeds" is a helpful tool that allows you to add FAQs, News, Articles, Press Releases, Testimonials, etc. into your site.
You can accomplish this by creating your own HTML and adding the information on the content section, however, with the "Database Feeds" you can keep all your information organized and have the system generate the index, paging, sorting, summary and next/previous links.
You can easily add new articles, delete outdated information or just update a specific record.
It also allows you to generate RSS feeds with the records.
Managing Database Feeds
To start creating a "Database Feeds" page you need to use an Extra Page. Using the left hand navigation, go Content =>Site Content and look towards the Extra Pages section on the right hand side.
You can either use an existing Extra Page or you can add a new one using the "+Add" button at the top right. To edit an exisiting Extra Page, click on the "Action >Content" button located on the far right of the page you want to edit.
Check the "Use Database Feed " checkbox and click on the "Save" button at the top right. This action will enable the database feeds for the extra page.
Once the page is saved (as described above), you will have the following settings available to you
You can modify these pages using your FTP account and an HTML editor. You can also add additional files (feed_page_3.html (Style 4), feed_page_4.html (Style 5), etc. for additional styles.
The rest of the settings on the page will correspond to the normal extra page creation functionality outlined in our Site Content KB article.
Create/Manage Database Feeds
We'll now describe how to create the database feeds.
After enabling the Database Feed option and clicking on the save button (as described at the start of this article), you should now see a green "Database Feed" button on the page. To add a database feed record:
For each record you have the following fields:
Displaying Database Feeds
The look of the page depends on the Style selected. Database feeds can display in two pages - the main page that provides the summary and the details page.
RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a relatively easy way to distribute content on the Internet. It's useful in distributing messages to your customers while avoiding common spam filters. Typical uses include email newsletters and blogs. Similar to newsgroups, RSS feeds require a special readers which are available on many of today's popular browsers.
With the Database Feed function, you can create an RSS formatted link for your feed content.
Once the feed page is added in the Content >Site Content area as described above, go into the "Actions >Content" options of that page. You will need to be sure to click the 'Show Index' box. Once you do this, look at the "Target" box (located right above the database feed button) and select the "rss_reader" option
The Database Feeds page will then dynamically generate via an RSS feed.