The Display Feed can be used on all pages with a sidebar (on the left). It provides an automated feed of your posts, such as blogs posts. See an example in the left-hand grey bar below the navigation.

Give it a try

To add content types to a sidebar, the sidebar area must be 'activated'.

1. Create one hidden section (page) called Sidebar (case sensitive) as a sub-section (child) of the section where your Sidebar will live.

This section must be named Sidebar (case sensitive) and hidden from the navigation in order to work.

Below screen shot shows a hidden Sidebar section, a grey folder indicates that the section doesn't show in the navigation and is hidden:

Screenshot of the site structure

2. Add a Display Feed content type to your hidden Sidebar section. (Find out how to add a content type to a section).

3. A form will appear. Fill in the form as below.

Display feed content type fields

Field title What should I do? Is it compulsory?
Name* Name the block and give it a concise description e.g. Display feed - Content design blog Yes
Feed URL* The address of the RSS Feed or ATOM feed to use (640 characters max)
in this case we used:

Add the title/heading of the feed e.g. Content design blog
If omitted a default heading will be used (64 characters max).

Link Text

Add some link text to appear under the heading e.g. Recent posts.
If omitted a default heading 'All Notices' will be used (32 characters max).

Internal link The heading can link to your feeds page, select an internal T4 section OR No
External link The heading can link to your feeds page, copy and paste in an external link (outside T4). No
Item quantity Select how many posts you want to appear in the feed, the default is 6. No, it will default to 6
Theme Colour* Select the colour theme you want, the default is navy. Yes

4. Select Add & Approve to save.