How do application feeds and other content feeds work?

Introduction
This KB article assumes an understanding of basic content publishing concepts. If you are not familiar or comfortable with adding content to your Intranet site, please view our Publishing Content presentation.

Intranet Connections provides users with an arsenal of content-publishing tools that can be used to deliver valuable information to your employees. A major goal associated with any Intranet implementation is to centralize communication and information delivery. Help accommodate this goal through the utilization of feed widgets.



Concept Overview
Let's begin with an example! Picture your Intranet as a simple website with three static pages; each containing nothing but a single paragraph of information detailing the history of your organization. Now, imagine the headache associated with making a single change to one of your paragraphs. In this scenario, three separate modifications will need to be made (one to each page) in order for users to receive consistent information. Multiply these efforts by the number of items you plan to add to your Intranet. Yikes!

Feed widgets utilize pre-existing content containers (ie. applications, tags) to dynamically pull content-related information on to a centralized Intranet page. As well, feeds allow users to manage content through centralized interfaces. This means that a single content change will automatically be pushed to feeds that have been configured to target the container for your modified item.

Also, it is important to note that the content displayed by your feed widgets will respect the user permissions that have been placed on the targeted applications. For more information on assigning user rights to content with our software, please view our App Security article.

Below, find specific information related to the Application Feed and Tags Feed widgets.

 

Application Feed
Application feeds can display content from one (or many) applications. First choose the application type.   

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The following should provide a brief description for the widget configuration options unique to Application Feed:

  • Applications: List of all Applications allowing content to be pulled to your widget. Note that once you select one app of a specific type you are restricted to choosing other applications of the same type (ex: calendars)
  • Assigned Applications: Applications currently selected to display content in this widget
  • Visual Options: Choices like display short description, author, author's photo, content publish date, application name and category name
  • Display: Order items by most recently added or display items randomly.

For more information on the implementation process for an Application Feed widget, please view our Introduction to Sites, Apps, Pages, and Widgets article.

 

Tags Feed
Tags Feed allows widget creators to display items meeting specific tag criteria. By default, this widget sorts the item listing by publish date (newer items at the top).

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Widget management options unique to the Tags Feed widget are as follows:

  • Tags: Select tags relating to content you would like displayed by this widget.
  • Search Type: Alters the condition on the item listing. Choosing ALL will require that items displayed are tagged with all of the targeted tags. Selecting ANY simply displays items with one or more of the targeted tags.
  • Show Tags List: Display targeted tags above or below the content listing. 

For additional information on tagging content with the Intranet Connections software, please view our Tagging article.

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