Blog Feeds

The Blog Feed content type allows you to pull in content from your blog into your website.

See a sample of a Blog Feed at the bottom of this page, as well as in the Sidebar.

This content type utilizes blocks, so you must first create a block before you add it to the page.

Step 1: Create a Blog Feed Block

Email cmshelp@brandeis.edu, and request that an RSS Block be set up on your site. Include the link to the RSS feed or blog in your email.

Step 2: Add Blog Feed Block to Page

  1. Find the page you want to add the Blog Feed Block to and click Edit.
  2. The Blog Feed Block is available in the Sidebar and Content Below Main sections.

Sidebar

Fields for Sidebar RSS feed

  1. Check the box next to Override Site Setup. (If you have other sidebar content on the page, use the green plus sign ( + ) to add an additional Sidebar Group.
  2. In the Sidebar Editor, select the RSS Feed Radio Button next to Sidebar Type.
  3. Enter a Heading (e.g., Department Blog).
  4. Use either the Search option or the Browse button to select the Blog Feed Block created by Digital Communications (located in the _blocks folder of your site).
  5. Enter a Number in the Max News to Display box. This is the number of blog post titles that will appear in the Sidebar.

Note: We recommend you enter a value between 3 and 5 in the Max News to Display box.

  1. If you want to add a link, select the external radio button and enter your blog URL.

Content Below Main

Fields for blog feed content type

  1. Check the box next to Add Content Below Main.
  2. In the Content Below Main editor, select the Blog Feed radio button.
  3. For Background Color, leave as beige unless you have multiple Content Below Main modules (in which case you would want to alternate colors for contrast).
  4. Enter a Heading (e.g., Department Blog).
  5. Use either the Search option or the Browse button to select the Blog Feed Block created by Digital Communications (located in the _blocks folder of your site).
  6. If you want to add an image, check the checkbox, and browse or search for an image you have uploaded to your site (735 px x 490 px).

Note: The Blog Feed Block does not pull in images from the blog feed itself. The image you upload will remain static until you upload a different image.

  1. If you want to add a button, check the checkbox and enter an external link to your blog URL.
  2. Click Submit.

Once you have published a page with a blog feed, email cmshelp@brandeis.edu so we can set up the page(s) to automatically publish (which keeps the feeds on the page fresh).