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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:00

K2 rss feed is not working? Here is one of the solutions.

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Everybody today is very anal about social networks, sharing, etc... More people reading your stuff - more traffic you get. On of the great ways to get traffic and let somebody "follow" you is RSS. It's simple, it's easy and it makes it easy for even more mature Internet users to follow you.

k2rssEverybody today is very anal about social networks, sharing, etc... More people reading your stuff - more traffic you get. On of the great ways to get traffic and let somebody "follow" you is RSS. It's simple, it's easy and it makes it easy for even more mature Internet users to follow you. 

As we mentioned before in our previous blogs K2 is the best Joomla 1.5 blogging component and it has RSS feed function build it. It's as easy as it sounds, you can allow your visitors to follow each of your k2 blog categories with one click on RSS icon. Okay, it's done! 

I'm using one of the most popular feed reader apps called "FeedReader" and it gives me an error! Why ? 

One of the reasons we faced was WebGuru's Google Analytics plugin! Plugin offers easy way to embed google analytics code into the site, but what it does - it also embed the code into feed page, right before everything. Please check the screenshot .

Solution to this simple problem is easy: Deactivate the plug-in and simply embed google analytics code to you template file right before </head> tag. That's it, good luck using your feed! 

While "googling" this problem we also found some interesting usefull ways to make k2 feed even better. For example if you want to "broadcast" your feed with only one link from different k2 categories here is great, simple solution by Christian Matthieas from K2 comunity

 

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So here is the deal and I will create a youtube vid when this is all over and it will tell you how to take your blogs on your website and combine them all to a latest blogs format and give an RSS feedlink that can be brought into Feedburner )) Happy Happy Days

1.) First, go to your K2 global parameters settings in your K2 component and enable RSS Feeds and if your using feedburner then leave the settings the same only changing something like feed count (for large blog communities on your site you might to want this number to be higher lets say 100 or something. Click Save and go to your modules.

2.) Second, go modules and type K2 and go to the module K2_content. Go in there and set up your parameters to be the same pretty much for RokNewsPager settings. Now, don't try to be slick and choose settings that probably won't work for what content to show i.e. like most commented if you're using Jcomments... Jcomments has its own RSS feed capabilities and if someone wants to subscribe to comments they can via your Jcomments but I digress. Just don't do it. leave at default or latest (i think are the same) for mine I left it at default.
Then go to the bottom or where it says RSS icon below and make sure that is a yes.
***Make sure to also put in your item number here. It is very important because these settings in this module override the global settings it seem like. In fact now that I am thinking I think the global settings might just be for the User (blog) pages... Again, make it height if you have a lot of blogs and what not. mines at 100 for now.

3.) for now put the module in a placement that is visible ***FOR NOW**** you need the link right :-)))
Ok with that said, go to your page look at the setup make sure it is too your liking as far as content is concerned i.e. avatars won't show up in RSS feeds per say with this link so don't worry about stuff like that.

4.) Make sure TO NOT set up a content limiter i.e. 10 words to get a link back if your going to use Feedburner... You can set this up with them and it will be MUCH Better so just leave this as is... Remember at the end of this you're going to get a feedburner link that you can attach to whatever little icon or thing your want to :-) So let FeedB do the work.

5.) Once you have the link via right click and copy shortcut that is all you need for Feedburner or at the very least attaching a link that is a lot more attractive than a little RSS Icon they give you.

6.) Now lastly, and most importantly!!! Make sure this module is ENABLED but on the menu items choose NONE... TADA...

You now have a FEED LINK that can be used for FEEDBURNER or whatever and you don't have the UGLY Latest Content from K2 to deal with.

So happy

Track back link here: FEEDBURNER Feedburner feedburner can someone answer this?

Last modified on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:23
 

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