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enquirer54
Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/30 8:35

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As a newbie I don't see how I can have a block on the front page which, for example, shows RSS feed pulled in from another site> Any help much appreciated.

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ghia
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/30 12:27

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These blocks are in general provided with RSS modules (see syndication). To have it in custom blocks, you need something like rss2html.

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enquirer54
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/30 13:56

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I'm using RSS Center module to import a feed. How would I set this up to bring the items into a block - I can't find any generic block which can do this.

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ghia
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/30 15:20

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What version do you have?
You have a directory /modules/rssc/blocks?
Then you should be able to make them visible and set them up in admin - blocks.

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enquirer54
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/30 18:22

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OK< I really don't understand this at all. I can see the admin blocks page but I can't create a block which shows any content from any of the modules. For example, how would I create a block (step-by-step please) for one of the Forum modules (or, if you prefer) any module that is not a simple html custom text module. Thx.

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ghia
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/31 6:25

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enquirer54
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/31 8:14

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Sorry but the operation guide isn't very helpful and doesn't even get close to answering the question.

Is there anyone out there who can answer my question about creating a block which shows something from an installed module with a step-by-step example? That would be very helpful. Thank you.

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Mazarin
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/31 20:37

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What do you want to achieve specifically?

If it is just a matter of showing RSS feeds from other sites then e.g. the XHLD has a block that can do that (and I'm sure others do too).

If it is actually to create a custom block to pull whatever data you want from a module then you have to create a new custom block and put some PHP code in it that extracts the relevant data from the module's tables.

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ghia
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/10/31 20:43

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Did you read section 2.5?

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enquirer54
Re: Blocks on front page
  • 2010/11/1 8:27

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OK. Before, when I looked under 'blocks generated by [eg Forum]' there were none, nor under any of the others and I couldn't see how to create them. It didn't make sense to me and I couldn't see why there were blocks relating to the system but not for any of the other modules.

When I selected 'blocks generated by [eg Forum]' then it has to read:

'Blocks visible in "All Types"

or nothing shows up - presumably because I haven't created any blocks which might show under other circumstances. I don't think this is too clear in the instructions. In the light of this 'discovery' I have looked at the Operation Guide again (sec 2.5) to see if I had missed something. I don't think so. It is unfortunate that for whatever reason the default setting on the blocks admin section is not the one which shows up the blocks available to a particular module. Hope this helps anyone else with this problem.

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