Create an OSU Drupal 6 Announcement Feed

To create an OSU Drupal 6 Announcement feed, just do the following:

First you will need an Announcement feed from another OSU Drupal 6 site.  You can usually tell if a site has an Announcement feed as they use the Announcement blocks created by the Announcement module.  If one exists, just click on the little orange RSS icon that appears in the top right corner.

sample announcement list and rss feed button

This will open up the feed, which in itself isn't too impressive.  What you want from here is the URL, so highlight and copy the URL by pressing Ctrl + C (PC) or Command + C (Mac).

highlighted feed url in address bar

In your Drupal site, go to Admin menu > Content management > Create content > Feed.  This will open up the Feed content submission form.

From The type of feed field, select OSU Announcements.  This will automatically populate the other fields with some default settings that you can change to customize the feed.

feed content submission form

Change the Block Title, if desired.

Paste your URL into the URL of your feed field.  Note that the only thing that really changed between the default setting and what you pasted was the presence of "recsports" in your URL.

In the Number of items to display field, adjust how many feed items you want to show.

Click the Save button.

default settings changed to custom feed information

Your completed content won't look like much.  This is normal.

completed feed content does not display any fields

Once the content has saved, you will need to go into the Blocks manager at Admin menu > Site building > Blocks.  The Feeds Display module has created and pre-configured a new block for you...now all you need to do is put it in a region.  If you're using OSU Standard, as shown in the example, you can put it in the Events or News region, which is set up to display two or more blocks in a split column display.  If you're using OSU Confident, you may, instead, choose to put your block in a sidebar.

new block moved to news feed region in block manager

Once your block has been placed in a region, don't forget to click the Save blocks button at the bottom of the page.  (For more detailed information about working with blocks, please visit the Blocks section in this manual.)

A quick visit to your front page will now show your new Announcement Feed block.

completed announcement feed block on front page

Please note that OSU Standard was used in this example and only one block has been put into the two-column display, so that block spans the entire available area.  Want to see what the two-column display looks like? Just take a look at the next article.