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smaldridge
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Can RSS feeds be on pages? How?

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Hello! I have successfully put RSS feeds in announcements, but how can I get an RSS feed on a page? Is it possible, simple, and free? *crosses fingers*

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awilliams
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The only way I could figure this out was to use an iframe and a third-party service such as RSS feed widget free from FeedWind, the best RSS widget available​. You can put in an RSS feed here, tweak some settings, and then get an iframe code. The only catch is you'll have to change the src=http:// to src=https:// to trick the browser into allowing this content to be displayed without the students needing to allow insecure content in their browser settings.

Here's some screenshots to help out:

rss-feeds.png

Now in Canvas...

rss-feeds-page.png

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awilliams
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The only way I could figure this out was to use an iframe and a third-party service such as RSS feed widget free from FeedWind, the best RSS widget available​. You can put in an RSS feed here, tweak some settings, and then get an iframe code. The only catch is you'll have to change the src=http:// to src=https:// to trick the browser into allowing this content to be displayed without the students needing to allow insecure content in their browser settings.

Here's some screenshots to help out:

rss-feeds.png

Now in Canvas...

rss-feeds-page.png

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Thank you, Adam!

laurakgibbs
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Another way to do this is with an RSS tool called Inoreader; I've written up details and step by step instructions here:

CanvasLIVE Playground: Notes. Blog RSS in Canvas. 

This is a screenshot of how one type of feed view (magazine style; full post feed is also available) looks in a Canvas page:

Screenshot of blog RSS feed inserted into Canvas

I know you posted this about a year ago, awilliams‌ but I just tried Feedwind. The free version is very customizable and worked well in Canvas! I didn't have to add the "s" to http:// because it was already there. Thanks for letting us know about this free online service. 

I was just going to share this one with you, laurakgibbs‌ but as I scrolled down....................

Kelley

Yes! Thanks to this community I have learned much since that post. laurakgibbs‌ has turned me on to Inoreader for RSS feeds of darn near anything, and I discovered Feedwind at some point after that when looking for other ways to get embed code from RSS feeds. I'm glad you were able to find these tools as well (if you aren't using Inoreader you're totally missing out!). 

 @smaldridge ‌, how did it work out for you? Have you seen the new tools the community has discovered?

Yes, awilliams! And that is really the key, finding out about DIFFERENT tools so that people can then choose which one will work the best for their goals. I had some very specific needs that Inoreader met for me: Google Reader disappeared, and the most popular replacement Feedly did not meet my needs at all. Now I use Inoreader for so many purposes, and so it's an easy choice for me to use in embedding an RSS feed, but of course there are other ways to do that also, other tools with their own disadvantages/advantages, multiple uses, etc.

I think that is a real challenge that Canvas faces, deciding which features are "core" features they will include and which ones are extras and add-ons. I personally like their approach of keeping the core very light and simple (if I understand correctly, the next version of quizzes is going to be an LTI???), but of course that user-chooses approach means the Community has a really important role to play, sharing tools and teaching each other about how we use them.

Hi Adam,

Yes, I tried Inoreader and am very impressed with how it can combine different feeds. It can do so much with filters and rules! I was also impressed with how Feedwind has so many options and is very customizable (for free). If anyone hasn't tried them, they are both worth trying out to determine which one fits your needs!

Good Morning.  I am also trying to add an RSS feed to a page.  However, FeedWind and Inoreader no longer seem to provide the RSS feed code to free account users.  Am I incorrect in this?  Any other suggestions on how to accomplish this same thing with a free RSS widget?