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How to set up content subscriptions for group news

How to set up content subscriptions (aka news feeds) that feed into personalized homepages

Use these instructions to add content subscriptions from external websites or internal news, blog, forum or calendar sections to a group page, and create new posts directly from a group page. News posted to the group page shows up in the personalized homepage news sections of all group members. Group members can even add posts directly from the homepage.

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Content subscriptions on the group page (above) show on the personalized homepages of group members (below).

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First, create or find relevant news or blog sections

Before you subscribe to content on a group page you need existing news, blog, forum or calendar sections to subscribe to. You can create a new news, blog or forum section as a subpage of the group page or find an existing news, blog or forum page on your intranet. You can also find news feeds, blogs, or forums on external websites.

See complete instructions on how to add a blog or news section or how to add a forum section if you want to add a new section to your group page.

Add a center column content subscription in edit mode

To have news on your group page, you need to subscribe to content from news, blog or forum feeds. Any group news that you want to appear on group members' homepages must be added to the Center column subscriptions on your group page. News added to the Left column subscriptions will show only on the group page.
  • Step 1: Click "Edit" on the group page to go into edit mode.
  • Step 2: Under the Settings section on the right side, click the text beside "Content subscriptions". The content subscriptions section of the settings dialog will appear.
  • Step 3: Click the arrow to the left of "Center column subscriptions" to expand that section.
  • Step 4a: For internal content feeds: In the text box under "Enter an external RSS..." start typing the name of a news, blog, forum or calendar section on your intranet. In the list of matching sections that appears click once on the name of the section you want.
  • Step 4b: For external content feeds: Copy the feed RSS URL from the external website, paste it in the text box under "Enter an external RSS...", and click "Add".
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  • Step 5: Under the "Order" heading, select either the option to have "Items grouped by subscription" or to "Merge subscriptions to show newest item on top".
    • If you select "Items grouped by subscription" posts will show up chronologically within grouped sections.
    • If you select "Merge subscriptions to show newest item on top," all posts will show chronologically by post date.
  • Step 6a: If you selected "Items grouped by subscription", next select the number of posts from each news or blog section to display in the group page news feed.
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  • Step 6b: If you selected "Merge subscriptions to show newest item on top," next select from the dropdown list the total number of posts to display in the group page news feed.
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  • Step 7: Click "Done" in the pop-up box when you are finished.
  • Step 8: Click "Save" and the page will show with news from the added content subscriptions in the center column.
Once you've completed these steps, check out how it works by going to your intranet homepage. Once on the intranet homepage, look through the main news for posts from news or blog sections you've subscribed to on the group page.
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Also, click "Add post" at the top of the homepage news section and look for the names of the news or blog sections that feed into the group page. (Keep in mind, you must be a member of the group in order to see group news on your homepage, and you must have edit permission on the added news/blogs/forums in order to be able to add posts to them from your homepage.)

Exception: Calendar feeds that have been added on under a group page will not be displayed under the personalized home page group news. You can ask your intranet administrator to add a calendar feed to your intranet's home page through the Administration Panel.

Click "Add post" on group page

Once you've added content subscriptions to the group page you can create new posts from the group page with just a few clicks.

If only one internal section feeds into the group news feed then simply click "Add post" in the horizontal "RECENT POSTS" bar in the center of the group page; this will open a new post for editing in that news, blog, forum or calendar section.

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If two or more internal sections feed into the group news feed then click "Add post" and then select from the list the section you want to post to; this will open a new page for editing in that news, blog, forum or calendar section.

Once you save the new post it will show in the section you added it to, in the group news feed, and in the homepage news section of all group members.

Click "Add post" in center of homepage

Once you've added content subscriptions to the group page you can create new posts directly from the homepage with just a few clicks.
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  • Step 1: Navigate to the intranet homepage.
  • Step 2: Click the "Add post" button near the center of the homepage (above the homepage news posts) to bring up a dropdown list of available sections.
  • Step 3: Select the section you want to post to; this will open a new page for editing in the news, blog, forum or calendar section.
  • Step 4: Write your new post and then click "Publish." Once you save the post it will show in the section you added it to, in the group news feed, and in the homepage news section of all group members.

Check security settings on news sections

If you or other group members don't see the option to add posts to sections that feed into the group page, check the security settings on those sections. All group members' names, or a security profile that includes a list of all group members must be listed in the "View & edit" section of security settings. (See complete instructions on how to change permissions to view & edit.)