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6 May 2011 at 1:45am Community Member, 95 Posts

Ok guys, I have an assignment that I have to finish by monday preferably. I need to have a RSS feed page that would display RSS feeds from like 8-10 sources and then I have to randomly pick like 3 of them and place them on home page or sth else.

I have been looking at some links here:

to name a few, and also been trying to figure out some modules like SS_RSS_Feed_Manager and RSS connector.
I am trying to make some sense out of this, but could use some help.

Since I'm kinda new to SS and PHP I would bee grateful if you could assist me in a best way to do this.
I have precious little time to complete this so I can't try out all the options before me, so mby if you could point me in right direction, if not provide me with a solution


14 May 2011 at 1:00am (Last edited: 14 May 2011 1:00am), Community Member, 41 Posts

I don't know if it helps but I am getting news form an external RSS source with this code.

class RssListPage extends Page {
static $db = array(

static $has_one = array(


class RssListPage_Controller extends Page_Controller {

function CustomRSSFeed() {

include_once(Director::getAbsFile(SAPPHIRE_DIR . '/thirdparty/simplepie/'));

$feed = new SimplePie("", TEMP_FOLDER);

$output = new DataObjectSet();
if($items = $feed->get_items(0, 10)){
foreach($items as $item){
$output->push(new ArrayData(array(
"Title" => $item->get_title(),
         "Summary" => $item->get_description(),
         "Date" => $item->get_date('d m y | g:i'),
"Link" => $item->get_link()
return $output;


and in template

<% control CustomRSSFeed %>
$Title $Summary $Date
<% end_control %>


25 May 2011 at 11:37pm Community Member, 95 Posts

Hey mate,

I am sorry for not answering you sooner. Haven't rly looked at this post in a while, but seems like it may be just what I'm looking for.

I guess I would have to dl silverpie and another thing, the source is somehow connected with $feed = new SimplePie("", TEMP_FOLDER); line, I just didn't figure out what is TEMP_FOLDER?


26 May 2011 at 8:53pm Community Member, 95 Posts

Just to clarify, should I make a folder named TEMP_FOLDER or what? cause I tried what you showed me and for some reason dev/build won't make this page type, it just keeps ignoring it each time I try.


27 May 2011 at 2:27am Community Member, 41 Posts


Actually I didn't do anything specially about temp_folder when I used this code. It just worked.

But I think it points to tmp folder in the file system. Silverstripe uses this folder for cache and other purposes, unless you create a folder named silverstripe-cache. Maybe tmp folder is not writable because of security issues. You can try to create a folder in the root of your web site and name it silverstripe-cache. (in the same level with mysite, assets etc.) And make this folder writable.

I hope it helps.


27 May 2011 at 2:56am (Last edited: 27 May 2011 2:58am), Community Member, 95 Posts

Yeah, it is working perfectly, I actually did a lot of work with this today and it has helped me a lot.
The problem wasn't with TEMP_FOLDER but I just copy-pasted ur code when trying it out and forgot to put <?php at the begining of .php file so that is the reason it didn't work.
Kinda noobish mistake from me, but then again I am a noob with silverstripe, php and html :D But I think I'm a fast learner.

Anyways it is working for me, but I have other issues with it. I am pulling feed from numerous sources and each has it's own RSS feed format. Let me explain: under 'description' (this->get_description) there is all sorts of things - long texts, short texts; links; icons; "SPONSORED BY..." parts etc. Example: - the way I want it to be displayed - to much text - mby only show first paragraph - perfect - the way I want it to be displayed - I don't want icons and blue links/text - would like not to display On-Demand Webinar > Watch Now!>>SPONSORED BY: Juniper Networks part (and simmilar)

Is there a way to show just the dirst paragraph of actual description? the "On-Demand Webinar > Watch Now!>>SPONSORED BY: Juniper Networks" on IT security would be ok if it is left there if all other feeds from other sources display nicely - how do you think would be the best way to dispay them?


27 May 2011 at 3:28am Community Member, 41 Posts

What data you get, it depends on the publisher :)

But you can get first paragraph with $Summary.FirstParagraph

Have a look at

You can maybe find some way to get just text without links and images =)

You can also hide images and other stuff with css display:none. But it will not be a nice method. If there are so many images.

<div id="rss-container">

and in css file

#rss-container img { display:none; }


7 July 2011 at 9:16pm Community Member, 95 Posts

Well having a problem with RSS.
$Summary.FirstParagraph doesn't work
I need sth fixed length to be able to fit into layout
RSS returns $Title, $Link and $Summary
Help plz

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