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Ενα από τα καλύτερα χαρακτηριστικά του SMF είναι η τροφοδοσία νέων. Ομως, πολλοί δεν γνωρίζουν πόσες επιλογές υπάρχουν ή ακόμα το οτι υπάρχουν. Εδώ είναι λοιπόν ένας κατάλογος από τις διαθέσιμες επιλογές και το τι κάνουν...

Enable the Feeds

Admin -> News and Newsletters -> Settings Check the box next to "Enable XML/RSS News". The "Maximum post length" value determines how many characters of a post are output in the feeds. The default value (255) is fine for now


URL options for showing XML content

All of the XML content is accessed via the ".xml" action... Other formats can be achieved by adding one of the following to the URL:

  • type=atom - Atom
  • type=rdf - RDF
  • type=rss - RSS 0.91
  • type=rss2 - RSS 2.0

The default feed is the 5 most recent posts: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?action=.xml

Sub-actions

Add sa=<sub-action> to the URL query string to use these sub-actions.

Recent Posts

Displays the most recent posts that you can see:

  • Sub-action: recent
  • Default: Shows 5 most recent posts
  • Available options:
    • limit=x - display the "x" most recent posts (if number is less than 5, it will display 5. If number is larger than 255, it will display 255).
    • board=y - display only the recent posts from board "y"
    • boards=x,y,z - display only the recent posts from the specified boards
    • c=x or c=x,y,z - display only the recent posts from boards in the specified category/categories
  • Example: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?action=.xml;sa=recent;board=72;limit=10

News

Displays the first post from the most recent topics that you can see:

  • Sub-action: news
  • Available options:
    • limit=x - display only "x" items
    • board=y - display only news topics from board "y"
    • boards=x,y,z - display only news topics from the specified boards
    • c=x or c=x,y,z - display only news topics from boards in the specified category/categories
  • Example: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?action=.xml;sa=news;board=72;limit=10

Members

Displays most recent members:

  • Sub-action: members
  • Available options:
    • limit=x - display only the "x" most recent members
  • Example: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?action=.xml;sa=members;limit=10

Profile

Displays the "profile summary" data in a nice XML feed for the specified user:

  • Sub-action: profile
  • Required option:
    • u=x - display the profile info for user whose ID is "x"
  • Example: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?action=.xml;sa=profile;u=150

How to use RSS feeds

Now - you're probably wondering what you can do with this. Quite a bit actually.

You can syndicate this stuff by giving people these URLs to use on their sites. They will need to have their own RSS parser to deal with. They can use CaRP (php-based) or PHP's XML Parser Functions. You can use one of several free sites that will parse the feeds for your users, including www.rss2javascript.com and www.feedburner.com.

You and your members can also subscribe to these feeds through an XML reader, Firefox, Thunderbird or any other software that supports XML or RSS feeds (note - Outlook and Outlook Express do not support this...) - use either "type=rss" or "type=rss2" somewhere in the URL.