How to Aggregate News Into a Website

If you have a portal-type website that distributes information to your web visitors, a news feed may be a valuable addition. This displays a listing of updated news stories from a central location, similar to what you see on websites like Yahoo.com, MSN.com and Aol.com. Many services offer RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, which are sometimes called aggregators, for you to insert into your website.

Things You'll Need

  • News feed service

Instructions

    • 1

      Select a news feed service. There are plenty of free services like the one at Yahoo! News (see direct link under "Resources"). For a free service, you may have to agree to allow the news feed to display a logo or link back to the provider's own website. Sign up for a new account with the service if required.

    • 2

      Choose the type of news that you want to appear on your website. For instance, if you have a website that sells nutritional products you can feed news stories related to nutrition to your website. You can select your news subject matter by typing in a simple search phrase, like "nutrition news." Check the listings that appear to assure that they are appropriate for your website.

    • 3

      Adjust the look of the feed. You can display the feed vertically or horizontally. You can also change the color of the background, text and borders.

    • 4

      Save your options and click the option to copy or download the HTML code related to the feed. For an RSS feed service you may simply receive a link to your feed, which you must then convert to code using an RSS to Javascript or HTML converter (see "Resources" for more information).

    • 5

      Open your HTML file in your editor program. Select a location inside of the body of the HTML code where you want the news feed to appear. Save the updated file.

    • 6

      Upload your updated HTML file to your website. Refresh the web page on your browser to view the feed.

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