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Help4.x:News Feeds

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Description

The News Feed Manager screen allows you to add News Feeds from other sites to your Joomla! site. You can add links to these feeds for users by creating News Feed layouts in Menu Item Manager - New/Edit.

How to Access

Screenshot

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Column Headers

Click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

  • Checkbox: Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press Edit, the first item will be opened for editing.
  • Ordering. You can change the order of an item within a list as follows:
    • If the list Filter Options include a Position filter select the desired Position. This will limit the list to items that are assigned to that Position.
    • Select the Ordering icon Help30-Ordering-colheader-icon.png in the Table heading to make it the active ordering item. The ordering icons in each row will change from light grey to dark grey and the pointer will change to a drag arrow on hover.
    • Select one of the Ordering icons Help30-Ordering-colheader-grab-bar-icon.png and drag it up or down to change the position of that row in the list. The items will display in the new order within the Position.
  • Status. (Published/Unpublished/Trashed) The published status of the item.
  • Title. The name or title of the feed. Make it as descriptive as possible.
  • Access. The viewing Access Level for this item.
  • # Articles The number of articles included in the feed.
  • Cache Time. The number of seconds for which to cache the item locally. It can safely be left at the default.
  • Association: Shows which menu item this item is associated.
  • Language. Item language.
  • ID. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla!. It is used to identify the item internally, and you cannot change this number. When creating a new item, this field displays 0 until you save the new entry, at which point a new ID is assigned to it.

List Filters

Search bar. This is a common feature of most Lists. The layout is as shown below.

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  • Search by Text. Enter part of the search term and click the Search icon. The search may be of one or more fields. Hover to see a Tooltip indicating which fields will be searched. In some cases a different format is required. For Example, to Search by ID enter "id:xx", where "xx" is the item ID number (for example, "id:9").
  • Filter Options. Click to display or hide the additional filters.
  • Clear. Click to clear the Filter field and restore the list to its unfiltered state.
  • Ordering. Shows the current table ordering field. Select from the drop down list to change the order or click a column heading. Ordering may be in ascending or descending order. The column heading toggles between ascending and descending order.
  • Number to Display. Shows the number of items in a list. The default for a site is 20 but this may be changed in the global configuration. Select from the drop-down list to change the number displayed. If you select too many complex items they will be slow to deliver and display.

Filter Options

  • Select Status. Use the drop-down list box to select the published state: Published, Unpublished, Trashed, or All. For Articles, you may also select Archived. Important: With the default setting of -Select Status-, the screen only shows Published and Unpublished items. If you have the filter set to -Select Status- and you change items to Trashed, the Trashed items will disappear from the screen. However, they have not been permanently deleted. To do that you need to:
  1. Change the filter to Trashed. The Delete icon will now show in the toolbar.
  2. Select the items you want to permanently delete.
  3. Click on the Delete icon.
You can see all items, regardless of their published state, by selecting All for this filter. You can also re-publish Trashed items by selecting them and clicking on the Publish icon in the toolbar.

Filter by Category. Lets you show only items assigned to a specific category. The list box will show the categories defined for your site.

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  • - Select Category -: Show items assigned to any category.
  • <your category>: Show items assigned only to this category.

Filter by Viewing Access Level. Lets you show only items that have a specified viewing access level. The list box will show the access levels defined for your site. Options:

  • - Select Access - Show items with any viewing access level.
  • <access level group> Show items only with this viewing access level.

Filter by Language. Lets you show only items that have a specific language assigned. The list box will show the languages defined for your site, similar to the examples below.

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  • - Select Language -
  • All Show items for any language.
  • <your language>: Show items only for this language.

Filter by Tags. Lets you show only items that have a specified tag. The list box will show the tags created for your site, similar to the example below.

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  • - Select Tags -: Show items with any (or no) tag(s).
  • <tag>: Show items only with this tag.

Filter by Max Levels (Category Level). Lets you show only items whose category is at or above the specified level in the category hierarchy.

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  • - Select Max Levels -: Show all items regardless of level of their assigned category.
  • 1: Only show items whose category is at the top level in the category hierarchy (in other words, with categories whose parent category is "- No Parent -".)
  • 2-10: Only show items whose category is in the top 2-10 levels in the category hierarchy.

Toolbar

At the top of the page you will see the toolbar shown in the Screenshot above. The functions are:

  • New. Opens the editing screen to create a new news feed.
  • Actions: Reveals a list of actions for selected Items. Check one or more Item checkboxes to activate the list.
  • Publish. Makes the selected news feeds available to visitors to your website.
  • Unpublish. Makes the selected news feeds unavailable to visitors to your website.
  • Archive. Changes the status of the selected news feeds to indicate that they are archived. Archived news feeds can be moved back to the published or unpublished state by selecting "Archived" in the Select Status filter and changing the status of the news feeds to Published or Unpublished as preferred.
  • Check-In. Checks-in the selected news feeds. Works with one or multiple news feeds selected.
  • Trash. Changes the status of the selected news feeds to indicate that they are trashed. Trashed news feeds can still be recovered by selecting "Trashed" in the Select Status filter and changing the status of the news feeds to Published or Unpublished as preferred. To permanently delete trashed news feeds, select "Trashed" in the Select Status filter, select the news feeds to be permanently deleted, then click the Empty Trash toolbar icon.
  • Batch. Batch processes the selected news feeds. Works with one or multiple items selected.
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

Quick Tips

  • You need to add at least one Category for news feeds before you add the first feed. Categories are added by clicking on 'News Feeds', and then on 'Categories' in the 'Components' menu.

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