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:

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:23:52 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:26:34 +0000 Bizop Team

Big Data Solutions: 7 Features Providers Should Offer Small Business

One of the biggest topics in the Internet world today is big data. Additionally, it’s generally agreed that big data solutions are sorely needed.

Big data refers to the massive volume of structured and unstructured data that flows through the digital world. Its sheer magnitude can overwhelm a normal business on a daily basis. However, big data solutions providers are beginning to appear on the scene and provide answers to this problem.

It has been said that the large volume of data does not matter. What does matter is what businesses do with that data.

Big data can be especially relevant for business analysis, where it can help with decision-making and business strategies. And with the help of big data solutions providers, your business can handle big data wisely.

However, how do small-business owners choose the best big data solutions providers for them?




What Big Data Providers Must Offer

The following are some things you need to consider when you’re looking for a better big data solutions provider. This list will serve as your guide in choosing the right big data solutions provider for your business.


1. Data Security

Regardless of where you store the data, you need to provide proper security to avoid hacking and tampering. Digital authenticity of data is also a high priority. Therefore, big data solutions providers who record both web and mobile sessions are ideal.


2. Access to Personally Identifiable Information or PII

By May 2018, all European industries will be required to comply with data protection regulations. These new regulations require various types of firms to produce personal data from people they obtained the data from. Conversely, customers will also be able to request that their personal information be deleted if there is no legitimate reason to keep it, and big data solutions providers must comply as well.


3. Data Compression

Firms are completely aware that big data consume a huge amount of space. Industry requirements, for example, may necessitate storing several years’ worth of customer engagement information. However, there is a solution. Data compression technology can provide more space.


4. Quick Setup and Easy Maintenance

Several solutions to big data are long and difficult to process. Aside from that, a lot of these solutions require individual page tagging, which is time-consuming and tedious.

Moreover, many of the big data solutions providers do not have unified web and mobile solution processes. A unified method makes every setup faster and every maintenance step easier.


5. Accessible to All

If your platform is too complex, it will be difficult for everyone in your organization to access it, making simple tasks more complicated. On the other hand, an interface with a simple design will let everybody easily retrieve and search data. Everyone’s work life will be easier.


6. Simple Report Formats

It should be easy to create reports. Ideally, report formats in the form of charts, clickmaps, journey maps, and graphs should be available. Additionally, reports based on free text queries could provide flexibility for better analytics and marketing strategies.


7. Automatic Solutions

Analysis of large data with traditional web analytics takes a great deal of time and effort. However, automated algorithms can provide real-time solutions to big data analysis. A well designed algorithm, moreover, will detect and resolve anomalies quickly and efficiently.



In Conclusion

Not all big data solutions providers can help you solve your big data problems. Therefore, you need to choose the ones who can really do the job. A little research, using the suggestions here, will help you find the right provider for your small business.

The post Big Data Solutions: 7 Features Providers Should Offer Small Business appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:24:57 +0000 Carrol Strain

Starting a Home Business? Take Care of These SEO Fundamentals

Starting your own small business is no easy task, especially if you don't have a lot of experience with business in general. Even a city such as Madison, Wisconsin, can be a challenging environment for a new business. So making your entrepreneur debut from home might be a great idea. If you're going to do everything yourself, though, you will soon enough find that it's less rewarding than you might have thought. That’s especially true when you consider the amount of work you have to put in. However, you’ll find it easier to gain traction if you pay attention to some SEO fundamentals.




Learn SEO Fundamentals

SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” Keep in mind your website's SEO plays a huge role in how people and other companies discover and view your business online.

If you don't have any experience with SEO you can find help. For instance, you can turn to the best Madison SEO company for guidance. If you’re not ready for that yet, though, here are some SEO fundamentals that you can handle yourself. Just be sure and do so as soon as possible.


Give Your Pages Titles

It's very important to give every page on your website its own title. Today's tools let you name every page and give it a description as well. It's a very bad move not to take advantage of this ability. Make sure you don't name everything the same, either. Don't just slap your company name on every page, or give it a dull, barely informative name or description like ''News'' or ''Tools.'' Give each page a keyword-rich title and search engines will reward you handsomely.


Consider Your Keywords

Give your keyword selection some good, solid thought.

It's important to have good keywords that will redirect people towards your business. However, the best keywords are usually already used. If you choose an overly used keyword as your own, you will have gobs of competition from more popular websites and companies.

So it's important to go about choosing your keywords systematically. Make a list of all the keywords you want search engines to associate with your website and go through them, one by one. Use a keyword planner, such as the one offered by Google’s AdWords, to get a better handle on things.

The worst thing that you could do is wing it, and just make up keywords as you go. Don't do that. Think of everything that could be positively associated with your site. Come up with variations of saying the same thing, too. That way, you will gain a valuable keyword but without all the heat that would come from the more popular version.



Promote Your Own Site

Make sure that people find out about your website by posting about it on social media. Make use of all the popular social media platforms to further boost awareness of your brand. Make sure people access more than just your homepage by linking specific, important pages from your domain onto social media and other platforms of your choice.

So many startups make the mistake of assuming that once people are on their homepage, they will automatically check out their other pages as well. However, that's rarely the case. Sometimes the homepage design just isn't appealing enough for people to want to see more, so you have to take them directly to other pages that might interest them.


Ask for Help from Friends

If you have friends, family or acquaintances who have some kind of online business, such as a website of their own or a blog perhaps, make sure you ask them about posting an article about your endeavors. Having other sites and companies promote your own website is extremely beneficial. It does more than just bring new visitors to your site. It also means the people promoting you are vouching for you.

The post Starting a Home Business? Take Care of These SEO Fundamentals 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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