"Simple RSS Feed Reader" v1.4: Multiple module instances now possible

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12 years 10 months ago - 10 years 10 months ago #8145 by Fotis
The "Simple RSS Feed Reader" has been updated again (this week) due to a nasty bug we noticed on the code (nothing security related though). With the previous 1.3 version (released a few days back), one was not able to add multiple instances (copies) of the module on the same page.

We have addressed this issue and released v1.4 of the "Simple RSS Feed Reader" module for Joomla 1.0.x and Mambo 4.5.x/4.6.x.

You may download the new version from our DOWNLOADS SECTION at .

Thanks ;)


Adding RSS syndicated content inside your Joomla! website is now super-easy and simple with the "Simple RSS Feed Reader" Module from JoomlaWorks. All you have to do is insert the Feed (RSS) URLs of the websites you want to syndicate in the module's settings, publish the module in some position and that's it! You can even publish multiple feeds at the same time (meaning in the same module instance) and even filter the latest X number, which you specify in the module parameters!

No messing with the code and no worrying about feed encoding. You can publish right away english along with japanese RSS feeds and have nothing to worry about!

The "Simple RSS Feed Reader" module is based on the very popular SimplePie PHP Class, which makes it easy to integrate syndicated content into your Joomla! website — and you don’t even have to worry about what kind of feed it is! The "Simple RSS Feed Reader" module supports everything from the old-school RSS 0.91 and RSS 1.0 formats, to the ever-popular RSS 2.0 format, and also supports the emerging Atom format, in both 0.3 and 1.0 flavors. It has a very fast, very efficient caching system. By caching the processed data, rather than just the raw XML, the module is able to create a feed parser that's really, really quick.

The feeds are stored inside Joomla!'s cache folder and refreshed in a specific time interval, which you set in the module's parameters.

See the "Simple RSS Feed Reader" module in action in our exclusive demo site at:

...and at for a real world example.

So, now, a) you have no reason not to use RSS feeds in your website (cause you thought RSS was difficult to setup), b) you have a module that will bring new content to your website, efficiently and with style and c) you can have multiple feeds display in a single place (we hope 20 is enough!).

The "Simple RSS Feed Reader" module is released under the GNU/GPL license.


After you install the module, simply adjust the "content (feed) display" settings in the parameters below and add Feed URLs of any encoding. The "Simple RSS Feed Reader" Module will detect your website's encoding and adjust all feeds to that specific encoding.

In order for the module to work properly, your server must have the following PHP modules enabled: cURL, iconv, PCRE, Zlib. Don't worry, though, cause most servers have these PHP modules enabled by default. If not, then contact your hosting company to enable them.

Please note that some RSS feeds might not display well even if you have the above PHP modules installed (rare occasion, but can happen). That is entirely based on how the server is setup and if the specific language -with which you have issues- is properly defined in the server. In any case, contacting your hosting company is always the safest solution.

The module already includes some generic CSS styling, which makes it truely "plug and play" for your Joomla! website. The output is entirely controlled through CSS, so you can customize it as you like.

*** CREDITS ***
The "Simple RSS Feed Reader" Module is based on SimplePie, a very fast and easy-to-use class, written in PHP, for reading RSS and Atom syndication feeds. SimplePie is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License.
More at

***Version 1.4 Changelog (October 26th, 2007)***
- With the previous 1.3 version (released a few days back), one was not able to add multiple instances (copies) of the module on the same page. The new version (1.4) fixes this bug.

***Version 1.3 Changelog (October 24th, 2007)***
- Updated SimplePie library to the latest v1.0.1 (better performance and support for international feeds).
- Added new content display options (show intro/full text, word limit, hide images, strip/cleanup HTML tags).
- Optimized code.

***Version 1.2 Changelog (August 16th, 2007)***
This version fixes a minor php bug in the code and fixes some "double bullet" issues with CSS. The new styling is a clean unordered list, with no background images or style bullets.
You are encouraged to update to the latest version.

***Version 1.1 Changelog (January 31st, 2007)***
In this version we have:
- Added an "RSS feed timeout" option to eliminate any errors showing when source sites are sluggish or down.
- Done some minor code fixes.
- Changed date display format to only use numeric values.

***Version 1.0 Changelog (January 29th, 2007)***
"Simple RSS Feed Reader" Module v1.0 released!
- In this version you can add up to 20 RSS Feeds simultaneously!

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12 years 10 months ago #8146 by MindTooth
As always. You managed to update the bug, and not wait several year before it is fixed! Great news..

Birger :)

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12 years 10 months ago #8147 by jchicago
I tried to upload the new instance. I got a message saying asking if I wanted to upload the srfr again, but I couldn't select yes. So I uninstalled the old version, but joomla still won't let me upload the new version so I'm stuck without srfr altogether. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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12 years 9 months ago #8148 by MindTooth
Can you delete the files left over from the previous install?

Birger :)

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