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Posting RSS Feed on


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11 August 2009 at 8:20am (Last edited: 11 August 2009 1:01pm), Community Member, 33 Posts

I would like to post the following pubmed RSS feed on my articleholder page:

I've looked at a number of posts on the subject and I'm still confused as there are a number of suggested approaches (some likely outdated). What is considered to be the easiest, most up-to-date way to show a rss feed on any given page (SS version 2.3.2+)?

I came across this post: where Willr suggested the following code (which I added to my ArticleHolder.php file):

function CustomRSSFeed() {
$feed = new SimplePie(URL OF THE RSS FEED);
$output = new DataObjectSet();
if($items = $feed->feed->get_items(0, 10)) {
foreach($items as $item) {
$output->push(new ArrayData(array(
"Title" => $item->get_title(),
"Link" => $item->get_link()
return $output;

Using <% control CustomRSSFeed %>$Title<% end_control %> in

However, I get the following error: Fatal error: Class 'SimplePie' not found in /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/holybasil/mysite/code/ArticleHolder.php on line 27. I put my url in quotes for $feed, without which there was an additional error.

I tried the restfulservice approach as suggested at the bottom of this link.

But just as "Superautomatic" commented in his post at, I can only get the example RSS feed to work not my own (see above for the RSS address). I suspect that it is RSS 1.0 versus RSS 2.0 issue (my RSS address being 2.0). Jam13 offered some code at the bottom of the Superautomatic posting. However, I have no idea how to implement it in a template. He doesn't give an example.

I would appreciate any help,


24 September 2009 at 9:59pm (Last edited: 24 September 2009 10:01pm), Community Member, 190 Posts

I just ran into the same issue. That code worked in 2.2.x, but is now broken in 2.3.x.

It's borrowed from the Blog Module (or somewhat similar). Blog > Code > RSSWidget.php

Download the newest version of the Blog Module and grab the updated code and paste into your page. I did so, and it's working fine on my site.