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Drupal® 7 Bible by Brice Dunwoodie, Ric Shreves

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Chapter 18. Using the Aggregator Module

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Introducing the Aggregator module

  • Administering the aggregator

  • Controlling the styling of the aggregator

  • Using the Latest Items block

The Aggregator module enables you to bring outside content into your Web site. The module collects, or aggregates, news feeds from the sources of your choice and displays them on your site. The feed content is created and modified by the publisher, and when the feed is updated, it also automatically updates on your site.

The Aggregator module makes it easy to display dynamic content streams on your site. The configuration and management options give you the tools to organize the feeds and to display them in a variety of manners, including through the use of blocks. In this chapter, I review the Aggregator module and show how to configure and manage feeds. I also outline the tools available for formatting the output on the screen.

Introducing the Aggregator Module

The Aggregator module is a news aggregator combined with a news reader. It gathers syndicated content feeds from one or more sources and displays that content on the screen. The module is used most frequently to create a news section for your site, showing current news from a variety of sources. The Drupal Aggregator supports RSS, RDF, and Atom-based feeds. Although the feed data and some basic elements of the appearance are supplied by the publisher of the feed, it's largely up to you to determine how the information is organized and displayed ...

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