Headlines Plugin


This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Note: Syndic8.com ( http://www.syndic8.com/ ) lists many RSS feeds.

Syntax Rules


Parameter Explanation Default
"..." source of RSS feed; this can be an url (starting with http) or a web.topic location for internal feeds None; is required
href="..." (Alternative to above) N/A
refresh="60" Refresh rate in minutes for caching feed; "0" for no caching Global REFRESH setting
limit="12" Maximum number of items shown Global LIMIT setting
touch="..." Touch (edit/save) topics if the feed has updates. Specify a comma-space delimited list of TopicNames or Web.TopicNames, such as "%TOPIC%, NewsLetter". Useful to send out newsletter using MailerContrib, showing new feeds since last newsletter. To update feeds, visit topics with feeds in regular intervals (using cron with wget or the like). N/A
header Header. Can include these variables: - $channeltitle, $title: title of channel (channel.title)
- $channellink, $link: link of channel (channel.link)
- $channeldescription, $description: description (channel.description)
- $channeldate, $date: publication date of the channel (channel.pubDate)
- $rights: copyrights of the channel (channel.copyright)
- $imagetitle: title text for site (image.title)
- $imagelink: link for site (image.link)
- $imageurl: URL of image (image.url)
- $imagedescription: description of image (image.description)
Global HEADER setting
format Format of one item. Can include these variables:
- $title: news item title (item.title)
- $link: news item link (item.link)
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate, item.date)
- $category: the article category (item.category)
Global FORMAT setting

The header and format parameters might also use variables rendering the dc, image and content namespace information. Note, that only bits of interest have been implemented so far and those namespaces might not be implemented fully yet.

Rendering the dc namespace

The following variables are extracting the dc namespace info, that could be used in header and format. Nnote, that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formating parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is prefered over <dc:title> content </dc:title> .

  • $title: channel/article title (dc:title)
  • $creator: channel creator (dc:creator)
  • $subject: subject text; this will also add an image according to the subject hash list, see above (dc:subject)
  • $description: ... (dc:description)
  • $publisher: the channel/article publisher (dc:publisher)
  • $contributor: ... (dc:contributor)
  • $date: ... (dc:date)
  • $type: ... (dc:type)
  • $format: ... (dc:format)
  • $identifier: ... (dc:identifier)
  • $source: ... (dc:source)
  • $language: ... (dc:language)
  • $relation: ... (dc:relation)
  • $coverage: ... (dc: coverage)
  • $rights: ... (dc: rights)

Rendering the image namespace

An image:item is converted into an <img> tag using the following mappings:

  • src: image url (rdf:about attribute of the image.item tag)
  • alt: image title (title)
  • width: image width (image:width)
  • height: image height image:height)

Rendering the content namespace

The variable $content is refering to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.


Slashdot News


%HEADLINES{ "http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf" 
  header="*[[$link][$title]]:* $description" 
  format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog


%HEADLINES{ "http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="2" }%

to get the latest postings on the "Business Opportunities" weblog:

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:32:49 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:25:45 +0000 Bizop Team

These 6 Business Ideas Are Ideal for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads

Millions of independent professionals and traditional employees work from home by choice. With so many perks of working just a few feet from where you sleep, it's a wonder everyone doesn't do it. Of course, stay-at-home moms and dads have less choice in the matter. If they want to work, they have to work from home.

Good thing that's not much of a sacrifice these days. These 6 stay-at-home business ideas all offer real earning potential. It’s possible that any one of them could provide you with enough to replace a full-time income, and then some.



1. Virtual Assistant Coordinator

Working as a virtual assistant isn't a particularly lucrative gig, at least not for U.S.-based professionals. But what about for at-home business owners who own the means of production?

Consider launching a boutique virtual assistant coordination service. Set your business apart from those race-to-the-bottom freelance platforms by offering hands-on service, higher-value tasks, and 24/7 availability. This is an eminently scalable idea. You'd be surprised how many North American professionals need someone to help with everyday work for which they simply don't have time.


2. Fundraising Distributor

Fundraising distributors work independently to promote fundraising opportunities. They work with educational institutions, churches, associations, and other nonprofit organizations. Earning commissions on successful sales, their work involves no travel and requires no meetings.

However, working as a fundraising distributor isn't always easy money. You have to have excellent people skills, the ability to recover from inevitable disappointment, and the determination to pursue a sale even after that initial ''no.''

But it's not rocket science, either. According to the experts at ABC Fundraising®, distributors' earnings over longer periods are directly proportional to effort and hours worked. In other words, like many honest business ideas, fundraising distribution is a numbers game. The more opportunities you create, the more successful you'll be.


3. Day Care

Demand for quality childcare services has never been higher. If you're willing to submit to potentially stringent licensing requirements (which vary by jurisdiction) and enjoy spending time with kids, you can definitely carve out a niche as a daycare provider.

Set up your at-home daycare business with a standardized curriculum that never loses sight of your most important mission: preparing little ones for the rest of their scholastic careers.


4. Animal Boarding

Animal boarding is like childcare except for, well, the children. This job could work well for animal lovers with older children.

Guides by Petful and The Balance helpfully lay out key considerations for anyone looking to start an at-home animal boarding business:

  • Local zoning regulations. Are kennels allowed on residential property in your neighborhood?
  • Local laws and licensing requirements. What does it take to remain aboveboard?
  • Equipment. What will you need to keep your animal boarding operation functioning?
  • Animal types and sizes. Will you stick to a single type of animal, or take a more eclectic variety of pets?


5. Selling Crafts and Reclaimed Goods

It's easier than ever to sell homemade crafts and reclaimed or repurposed goods online. What’s more, you can do so from the comfort of your home. The most successful sellers typically create their own ecommerce websites where customers can buy direct. Then they supplement with seller accounts on top platforms like Amazon, Etsy, and eBay.




6. Event Planning

If you're organized and creative, you might make a good event planner. It doesn't take much to hang out a shingle. All you need is a great website with references from past clients. Weddings are typically the most lucrative events to organize, unless you have the scale and resources to tackle truly complex events, like multi-day corporate retreats.


What Calls to You?

Are you a stay-at-home parent with a business idea? Have a favorite from our list? Drop us a line at info@business-opportunities.biz so we can share with our readers.

The post These 6 Business Ideas Are Ideal for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:23:26 +0000 Bizop Team

Businesses Need Good Credit Too: 5 Tips to Build Your Business Credit

According to the Small Business Administration, there are three main benefits to building and improving business credit:


  • Businesses naturally have larger credit capacities than individuals. This means they can borrow more-provided their credit is sufficient to convince lenders to take the risk
  • Good credit can boost company value. This makes the organization more attractive to lenders, investors, and potential buyers
  • Businesses with good credit have no need to rely on their owners' borrowing capacities. This reduces personal risk to stakeholders.


In truth, this probably understates the case for building business credit. And it's certainly not a complete accounting of why it's important for companies to improve their borrowing capacity. There are plenty of other reasons to do so.

Every small business needs to start building credit somewhere. Here's what you can do to build your company's business credit.


Establish Lines of Credit with Vendors

Start by establishing lines of credit with your vendors. Initially, these relationships will be built on trust, and you'll likely find yourself on a short leash. That's fine. Once you prove that you're a reliable partner, your vendors are likely to relax their terms. Then they will allow longer, larger lines of credit. It goes without saying that you need to honor the terms of your commitments to any and all vendor lines of credit to the letter.


Apply for a Business Credit Card

…and use it responsibly. Refer to third-party reviews and comprehensive lists of the best business credit cards. Then choose the product that best fits your company's needs.

Initially, your spending limit is likely to be modest. You shouldn't expect to qualify for a gold-plated rewards credit card right out of the gate. As your credit improves, however, your issuer may increase your credit line. And you'll soon enough find yourself in line for a premium business credit card with an attractive rewards program and plenty of value-added services.



Make Sure Your Payment History and Other Information Is Current with All Major Business Credit Reporting Bureaus

Keep close watch on company information logged with each of the three major business credit bureaus. Start by opening a file with each bureau. Then check back periodically to make sure your payment histories and other pertinent information remain up to date. Even innocuous errors can negatively affect your company's credit. This can jeopardize loan applications and other contracts.




Make Payments on Time

Get in the habit of paying all of your company's bills on time or early, no matter how large or small. This includes all overhead-related expenses: utilities, rent, office supplies (if purchased on credit), and the like. It also includes vendor invoices, business credit cards, and bank-issued lines of credit. Set payment reminders or enroll in autopay to reduce the likelihood that you miss a payment by honest mistake.


Avoid Credit Blemishes and Missteps

Moving forward, avoid preventable missteps that can negatively affect your credit score. Education is the best weapon here. The components of your business credit score provide a road map for what not to do.

For instance, average account age is an important business credit score factor. The older your active business credit accounts, the better your company appears on this metric. Likewise, bankruptcies and defaults can seriously affect your credit score. It goes without saying that you need to avoid these events whenever possible, and take proactive steps before the situation worsens.

The post Businesses Need Good Credit Too: 5 Tips to Build Your Business Credit appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %HEADLINESPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%. Note: Don't modify the settings here; copy and customize the settings in Main.TWikiPreferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Main.TWikiPreferences.

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in TWiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Disable caching: 0, default: 60
    • Set REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown. Default: 100
    • Set LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent, or fallback to TWiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20

  • Name of user agent. Default: TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADER = <div class="headlinesChannel"><div class="headlinesLogo"><img src="$imageurl" alt="$imagetitle" border="0" />%BR%</div><div class="headlinesTitle">$n---+!! <a href="$link">$title</a></div><div class="headlinesDate">$date</div><div class="headlinesDescription">$description</div><div class="headlinesRight">$rights</div></div>

  • Default format of one item: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set FORMAT = <div class="headlinesArticle"><div class="headlinesTitle"><a href="$link">$title</a></div>$n<span class="headlinesDate">$date</span> <span class="headlinesCreator"> $creator</span> <span class="headlinesSubject"> $subject </span>$n<div class="headlinesText"> $description</div></div>

  • Values taken from configure: (only supported if CPAN:LWP is installed)
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as "intra.example.com, bugs.example.com";

Style Sheets

The default HEADER and FORMAT settings use the following styles. See the style.css file defining the default CSS properties (indentation illustrates enclosure).

  • headlinesRss: output of the HeadlinesPlugin (div)
    • headlinesChannel: channel header (div)
      • headlinesLogo: channel logo (div)
      • headlinesTitle: channel title (div)
      • headlinesDate: channel date (div)
      • headlinesDescription: channel description (div)
      • headlinesRight: channel copyright (div)
    • headlinesArticle: one news item (div)
      • headlinesTitle: article title (div)
      • headlinesDate: article date (span)
      • headlinesCreator: author of article (span)
      • headlinesSubject: subect category of the article (span)
      • headlinesText: article text (div)

Plugin Installation Instructions

  • Download the ZIP file.
  • Unzip it in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.txt plugin topic
    pub/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css default css
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.pm plugin perl module
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm plugin core
    Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.
  • Optionally, run HeadlinesPlugin_installer.pl to automatically check and install other TWiki modules that this module depends on. You can also do this step manually.
  • Alternatively, manually make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved.
    Digest::MD5>=2.33Required. Download from CPAN:Digest::MD5
    LWP::UserAgent>=5.803Optional. Download from CPAN:LWP::UserAgent

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: v2.3 - 29 Aug 2009
Change History:  
29 Aug 2009: added touch parameter -- Peter Thoeny
12 Feb 2009: {PROXY}{HOST} supports domain with and without protocol -- Peter Thoeny
06 Feb 2009: added {PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} configure setting, added USERAGENTNAME plugin setting -- Peter Thoeny
11 Dec 2008: added {PROXY}{HOST} and {PROXY}{PORT} configure settings -- Peter Thoeny
13 Sep 2007: fixed parsing of content:encoded
23 Jul 2006: improved atom parser; if a posting has no title default to 'Untitled'
26 Apr 2006: added lazy compilation
10 Feb 2006: packaged using the TWiki:Plugins/BuildContrib; minor fixes
03 Feb 2006: off-by-one: limit="n" returned n+1 articles; make FORMAT and HEADER format strings more robust
23 Jan 2006: released v2.00
05 Dec 2005: internal feed urls must be absolute
02 Dec 2005: added web.topic shorthand for internal feeds
29 Nov 2005: fixed CDATA handling
21 Nov 2005: added ATOM support; extended RSS support; added dublin core support; added content support; optionally using LWP to fetch feeds to follow redirections; corrected CPAN dependencies ; recoding special chars from html integer to entity encoding to increase browser compatibility; added css support; use getWorkArea() if available
11 May 2005: TWiki:Main.WillNorris: added DevelopBranch compatability
31 Oct 2004: Fixed taint issue by TWiki:Main.AdrianWeiler; small performance improvement
29 Oct 2004: Fixed issue of external caching if mod_perl or SpeedyCGI is used
02 Aug 2002: Implemented caching of feeds, thanks to TWiki:Main/RobDuarte
11 Jun 2002: Initial version (V1.000)
Perl Version: 5.8
TWiki:Plugins/Benchmark: GoodStyle 100%, FormattedSearch 99.5%, HeadlinesPlugin 94%
Plugin Home: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 29 Aug 2009

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