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Community Member, 541 Posts

28 September 2009 at 1:29pm

Hi All,

Quick question, I want to add the most recent news story from a third party RSS feed to one of my templates. I am quite happpy to do this via SimpleXML, but I was wondering if SS has something builtin that might be more preferable to use?




Community Member, 191 Posts

28 September 2009 at 1:55pm

I just grabbed code from the Blog module (RSSWidget.php).

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Community Member, 904 Posts

28 September 2009 at 6:30pm

Edited: 28/09/2009 6:31pm

Refactoring RSSWidget.php is probably a good solution. If you need more functionality, I'd probably use SimplePie ( instead of parsing RAW XML using SimpleXML. It's a pretty neat php class for all your RSS/Atom Feed needs ;)


Community Member, 541 Posts

30 September 2009 at 10:27am

Quick question. Has anyone tried to pull in the Silverstripe blog (

I have tried several different methods, they all result in a file not found error, or something similar?

Anyone know why?


Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

30 September 2009 at 3:38pm

How are you doing it?

We pull the blog feed fine from


Community Member, 541 Posts

1 October 2009 at 3:51am

I got it working now, using recycled code from the blog module, as mentioned above:

function LatestSSNews() {
		$output = new DataObjectSet();
		include_once(Director::getAbsFile(SAPPHIRE_DIR . '/thirdparty/simplepie/SimplePie.php'));
		$t1 = microtime(true);
		$feed = new SimplePie('', TEMP_FOLDER);
		if($items = $feed->get_items(0, 2)) {
			foreach($items as $item) {
				// Cast the Date
				$date = new Date('Date');

				// Cast the Title
				$title = new Text('Title');
				// Cast the description and strip
				$desc = new Text('Description');

				$output->push(new ArrayData(array(
					'Title'			=> $title,
					'Date'			=> $date,
					'Link'			=> $item->get_link(),
					'Description'	=> $desc
			return $output;

This works ok, I think the way I was trying to do it before was incorrect, I was trying to load it in using the RestfulService class, which didn't seem to work :s.