Newsroom can present your RSS feed as a simple list, newspaper-style columns, blocks or tables. A wide choice of style settings are provided to let you control the presentation of news items to your exact design. We use simple HTML / CSS feed styles to promote better website accessibility and improve compatibility with other addons you may be using.

Newsroom works with most (not all) RSS feeds. Either RSS feeds you are hosting yourself (like a blog RSS feed) or an RSS feed generated by an outside blog or news service. Newsroom can be used on websites with an SSL certificate, as we've shown here. A free demo version is provided for you to download and fully test Newsroom against the RSS feeds you plan on using the stack with. The stack has fairly modest server requirements (detailed below in the setup instructions).

What's good about Newsroom is that the content it displays can update 24/7. So even when you are not working to write new blog articles or other website content, your website can continue to update with fresh, quality content. It can give a reason for website visitors to continue returning. With little effort, you could build quite a comprehensive news website combining multiple Newsroom stacks.

Examples

These are some examples of the Newsroom stack placed inside a regular Stacks 3-column stack. We are fetching the first 4 news articles from the Realmac Software blog. You can see how the examples below use the same styling and colours used for this webpage; giving a much more seamless and integrated appearance. However it's certainly feasible to combine Newsroom with other stacks, to create more of a stand-out appearance of your choosing. All the normal padding, margin, border and background settings are available for you to use.
 

The Realmac Blog

  • Introducing the Aspen Theme for RapidWeaver

    The Aspen theme for RapidWeaver can deliver amazing websites with the standard page types built-into RapidWeaver, or you can go even deeper into the creative realms with the Stacks plugin and included Aspen stacks. View the Aspen preview site to see just some of the possibilities.

    Aspen utilises the latest RapidWeaver Styles for phenomenal creative freedom, within an easy-to-use theme. Combine abundant theme features, style settings, and endless Stack layout possibilities, for a first class website experience - just waiting to be built.

    You may be familiar with the Aspen theme and that's because it was designed by Nick Cates. Realmac Software now own and sell the Aspen theme and are committed to maintaining and supporting it for the RapidWeaver Community.

    You can buy a copy of the Aspen Theme from the Realmac Store. Best of all it's available for half of it's original price. It was $79.99 now available for $39.99 with a limited time, extra 20% launch discount. This special offer is only available for a limited time.

    Get Aspen Theme for RapidWeaver

    7 April 07 2021, 12:31
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=introducing-the-aspen-theme-for-rapidweaver
  • RapidWeaver 8.8 is now optimized for M1 Apple Silicon Macs

    We’re thrilled to announce that RapidWeaver 8.8 is now available for download and is a free update for all RapidWeaver customers.

    To use RapidWeaver on M1 Macs you’ll want to make sure all your plugins are up-to-date. Stacks from YourHead Software is one of the most popular plugins for RapidWeaver and is also available as a Universal build.

    What’s New?

    • RapidWeaver now runs natively on Apple Silicon
    • Fixed an issue with the publishing engine
    • Many other improvements and fixes to keep things running smoothly

    To take advantage of the huge speed gains that the M1 chip can bring, please make sure you are running RapidWeaver 8.8.0 and Stacks 4.2.0 or newer.

    To learn more about running RapidWeaver on new M1 based Macs, please take a look at our Help guide on RapidWeaver and M1 Compatibility. This is especially important if you’re using third-party plugins.

    Happy Weaving!

    31 March 31 2021, 16:57
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=rapidweaver-88-is-now-optimized-for-m1-apple-silicon-macs
  • The Macnificent 9 — Nine Wonderful Indie Mac Apps

    We've teamed up with 8 other remarkable Indie Mac Developers to bring you The Macnificent 9. This collection of outstanding apps will let you unlock the full potential of your Mac.

    Take a look at the list below, and you'll see they are all top-notch, there's no filler in this bundle. Best of all this entire collection (worth $213) of apps can be yours for just $59, this is a huge 78% saving!

    1. Timemator 2, Automatic time-tracking based on your rules and activities
    2. RapidWeaver 8, The best web design software for Mac
    3. Unclutter, Files, notes & clipboard manager for Mac
    4. Default Folder X, Enhanced Open and Save dialogs for macOS
    5. One Switch, All the toggles in your menu bar
    6. Unite 3, Turn websites into apps on your Mac
    7. DaisyDisk, Analyze disk usage and free up disk space on Mac
    8. ForkLift 3, The most advanced dual pane file manager for macOS
    9. Mosaic Pro, Effortlessly resize and re-position windows on your Mac

    Head over to the Macnificent website and grab all the apps or just the ones you fancy. Either way it's a great deal and you're supporting independent mac developers.

    3 December 03 2020, 10:00
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=the-macnificent-9-nine-wonderful-mac-apps
  • What's Cooking at Realmac HQ?

    I know we've been quiet for a while here at Realmac HQ, but the good news is, that there has been lots going on behind the scenes.

    A few days ago on Twitter, we announced that Squash 3 was in the works for Mac and iOS. It's been a bit of a re-write to bring it up-to-date, but it looks great. It's a small project, and we hope to ship it this year.

    We also have RapidWeaver 9 in development, and it's shaping up to be the best version of RapidWeaver yet. It'll be Universal and run great on both Intel, and Apple Silicon-based Macs. We'll have more news on this in the new year.

    In other RapidWeaver related news, the brand-new RapidWeaver Community site is due for release very soon; it'll be in beta form to start with just while we make sure everything is running smoothly.

    So while we're not shipping anything new today, we have plenty of things in the works that will be released very soon.

    Exciting times are ahead, and this feels like a more positive way to end, what's been a rather hard 2020 for everyone. And finally, thanks for all your support this past year, and here's to a much better 2021 🎉

    1 December 01 2020, 17:42
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=whats-cooking-at-realmac-hq

The Realmac Blog

  • Introducing the Aspen Theme for RapidWeaver

    The Aspen theme for RapidWeaver can deliver amazing websites with the standard page types built-into RapidWeaver, or you can go even deeper into the creative realms with the Stacks plugin and included Aspen stacks. View the Aspen preview site to see just some of the possibilities.

    Aspen utilises the latest RapidWeaver Styles for phenomenal creative freedom, within an easy-to-use theme. Combine abundant theme features, style settings, and endless Stack layout possibilities, for a first class website experience - just waiting to be built.

    You may be familiar with the Aspen theme and that's because it was designed by Nick Cates. Realmac Software now own and sell the Aspen theme and are committed to maintaining and supporting it for the RapidWeaver Community.

    You can buy a copy of the Aspen Theme from the Realmac Store. Best of all it's available for half of it's original price. It was $79.99 now available for $39.99 with a limited time, extra 20% launch discount. This special offer is only available for a limited time.

    Get Aspen Theme for RapidWeaver

    7 April 07 2021, 12:31
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=introducing-the-aspen-theme-for-rapidweaver
  • RapidWeaver 8.8 is now optimized for M1 Apple Silicon Macs

    We’re thrilled to announce that RapidWeaver 8.8 is now available for download and is a free update for all RapidWeaver customers.

    To use RapidWeaver on M1 Macs you’ll want to make sure all your plugins are up-to-date. Stacks from YourHead Software is one of the most popular plugins for RapidWeaver and is also available as a Universal build.

    What’s New?

    • RapidWeaver now runs natively on Apple Silicon
    • Fixed an issue with the publishing engine
    • Many other improvements and fixes to keep things running smoothly

    To take advantage of the huge speed gains that the M1 chip can bring, please make sure you are running RapidWeaver 8.8.0 and Stacks 4.2.0 or newer.

    To learn more about running RapidWeaver on new M1 based Macs, please take a look at our Help guide on RapidWeaver and M1 Compatibility. This is especially important if you’re using third-party plugins.

    Happy Weaving!

    31 March 31 2021, 16:57
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=rapidweaver-88-is-now-optimized-for-m1-apple-silicon-macs
  • The Macnificent 9 — Nine Wonderful Indie Mac Apps

    We've teamed up with 8 other remarkable Indie Mac Developers to bring you The Macnificent 9. This collection of outstanding apps will let you unlock the full potential of your Mac.

    Take a look at the list below, and you'll see they are all top-notch, there's no filler in this bundle. Best of all this entire collection (worth $213) of apps can be yours for just $59, this is a huge 78% saving!

    1. Timemator 2, Automatic time-tracking based on your rules and activities
    2. RapidWeaver 8, The best web design software for Mac
    3. Unclutter, Files, notes & clipboard manager for Mac
    4. Default Folder X, Enhanced Open and Save dialogs for macOS
    5. One Switch, All the toggles in your menu bar
    6. Unite 3, Turn websites into apps on your Mac
    7. DaisyDisk, Analyze disk usage and free up disk space on Mac
    8. ForkLift 3, The most advanced dual pane file manager for macOS
    9. Mosaic Pro, Effortlessly resize and re-position windows on your Mac

    Head over to the Macnificent website and grab all the apps or just the ones you fancy. Either way it's a great deal and you're supporting independent mac developers.

    3 December 03 2020, 10:00
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=the-macnificent-9-nine-wonderful-mac-apps
  • What's Cooking at Realmac HQ?

    I know we've been quiet for a while here at Realmac HQ, but the good news is, that there has been lots going on behind the scenes.

    A few days ago on Twitter, we announced that Squash 3 was in the works for Mac and iOS. It's been a bit of a re-write to bring it up-to-date, but it looks great. It's a small project, and we hope to ship it this year.

    We also have RapidWeaver 9 in development, and it's shaping up to be the best version of RapidWeaver yet. It'll be Universal and run great on both Intel, and Apple Silicon-based Macs. We'll have more news on this in the new year.

    In other RapidWeaver related news, the brand-new RapidWeaver Community site is due for release very soon; it'll be in beta form to start with just while we make sure everything is running smoothly.

    So while we're not shipping anything new today, we have plenty of things in the works that will be released very soon.

    Exciting times are ahead, and this feels like a more positive way to end, what's been a rather hard 2020 for everyone. And finally, thanks for all your support this past year, and here's to a much better 2021 🎉

    1 December 01 2020, 17:42
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=whats-cooking-at-realmac-hq

The Realmac Blog

  • Introducing the Aspen Theme for RapidWeaver

    The Aspen theme for RapidWeaver can deliver amazing websites with the standard page types built-into RapidWeaver, or you can go even deeper into the creative realms with the Stacks plugin and included Aspen stacks. View the Aspen preview site to see just some of the possibilities.

    Aspen utilises the latest RapidWeaver Styles for phenomenal creative freedom, within an easy-to-use theme. Combine abundant theme features, style settings, and endless Stack layout possibilities, for a first class website experience - just waiting to be built.

    You may be familiar with the Aspen theme and that's because it was designed by Nick Cates. Realmac Software now own and sell the Aspen theme and are committed to maintaining and supporting it for the RapidWeaver Community.

    You can buy a copy of the Aspen Theme from the Realmac Store. Best of all it's available for half of it's original price. It was $79.99 now available for $39.99 with a limited time, extra 20% launch discount. This special offer is only available for a limited time.

    Get Aspen Theme for RapidWeaver

    7 April 07 2021, 12:31
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=introducing-the-aspen-theme-for-rapidweaver
  • RapidWeaver 8.8 is now optimized for M1 Apple Silicon Macs

    We’re thrilled to announce that RapidWeaver 8.8 is now available for download and is a free update for all RapidWeaver customers.

    To use RapidWeaver on M1 Macs you’ll want to make sure all your plugins are up-to-date. Stacks from YourHead Software is one of the most popular plugins for RapidWeaver and is also available as a Universal build.

    What’s New?

    • RapidWeaver now runs natively on Apple Silicon
    • Fixed an issue with the publishing engine
    • Many other improvements and fixes to keep things running smoothly

    To take advantage of the huge speed gains that the M1 chip can bring, please make sure you are running RapidWeaver 8.8.0 and Stacks 4.2.0 or newer.

    To learn more about running RapidWeaver on new M1 based Macs, please take a look at our Help guide on RapidWeaver and M1 Compatibility. This is especially important if you’re using third-party plugins.

    Happy Weaving!

    31 March 31 2021, 16:57
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=rapidweaver-88-is-now-optimized-for-m1-apple-silicon-macs
  • The Macnificent 9 — Nine Wonderful Indie Mac Apps

    We've teamed up with 8 other remarkable Indie Mac Developers to bring you The Macnificent 9. This collection of outstanding apps will let you unlock the full potential of your Mac.

    Take a look at the list below, and you'll see they are all top-notch, there's no filler in this bundle. Best of all this entire collection (worth $213) of apps can be yours for just $59, this is a huge 78% saving!

    1. Timemator 2, Automatic time-tracking based on your rules and activities
    2. RapidWeaver 8, The best web design software for Mac
    3. Unclutter, Files, notes & clipboard manager for Mac
    4. Default Folder X, Enhanced Open and Save dialogs for macOS
    5. One Switch, All the toggles in your menu bar
    6. Unite 3, Turn websites into apps on your Mac
    7. DaisyDisk, Analyze disk usage and free up disk space on Mac
    8. ForkLift 3, The most advanced dual pane file manager for macOS
    9. Mosaic Pro, Effortlessly resize and re-position windows on your Mac

    Head over to the Macnificent website and grab all the apps or just the ones you fancy. Either way it's a great deal and you're supporting independent mac developers.

    3 December 03 2020, 10:00
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=the-macnificent-9-nine-wonderful-mac-apps
  • What's Cooking at Realmac HQ?

    I know we've been quiet for a while here at Realmac HQ, but the good news is, that there has been lots going on behind the scenes.

    A few days ago on Twitter, we announced that Squash 3 was in the works for Mac and iOS. It's been a bit of a re-write to bring it up-to-date, but it looks great. It's a small project, and we hope to ship it this year.

    We also have RapidWeaver 9 in development, and it's shaping up to be the best version of RapidWeaver yet. It'll be Universal and run great on both Intel, and Apple Silicon-based Macs. We'll have more news on this in the new year.

    In other RapidWeaver related news, the brand-new RapidWeaver Community site is due for release very soon; it'll be in beta form to start with just while we make sure everything is running smoothly.

    So while we're not shipping anything new today, we have plenty of things in the works that will be released very soon.

    Exciting times are ahead, and this feels like a more positive way to end, what's been a rather hard 2020 for everyone. And finally, thanks for all your support this past year, and here's to a much better 2021 🎉

    1 December 01 2020, 17:42
    News
    https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/blog/?id=whats-cooking-at-realmac-hq
 

Setup

Follow these instructions for setting-up an RSS feed, to display your first feed within Newsroom...
  1. Download the stack and install it into Stacks / RapidWeaver in the normal way. Open your Stacks Library and search for 'Newsroom'. Drag and drop a copy of the stack into your webpage.
  2. With the stack selected in edit mode, use the Feed Source setting to use either your own RSS feed or experiment with one of the sample ones listed.
  3. Other settings relating to the behaviour, display and style of the feed can be customised safely in the stack settings. You can perform actions like supplying a title for the RSS feed and customising how descriptions are presented. Please note that the 'Bootstrap List Group' style only works in ThemeFlood themes.
  4. Preview your webpage in RapidWeaver to check things are working as expected. Your webpage requires a .php file extension, which Newsroom will attempt to set for you in the Page Inspector.

Newsroom requires a web server running PHP 7.0 or greater. It fetches RSS feeds using PHP cURL, which is a common library that allows PHP to make HTTP requests. In this case, we use cURL to fetch the RSS feed from another web server. cURL should already be enabled on your web hosting account and is an essential requirement for Newsroom to work. You can safely use multiple Newsroom stacks on the same webpage, to fetch different RSS feeds.

Custom CSS

Beyond the existing style and colour settings presented within the stack, Newsroom can be extensively customised with custom CSS. If you have any experience of using CSS, then this process opens options to radically change the appearance of Newsroom and 'tweak' just about anything to your liking. Each Newsroom feed comprises of an HTML unordered list and list items. The unordered list has a class of newsroom_list and each news item has a class of newsroom_list_item. Within each list item you have a divisional container with a class of newsroom_item_internal. Then you have each individual element of the news items as follows:

newsroom_linked_title a
newsroom_static_title
newsroom_description
newsroom_date
newsroom_author
newsroom_category
newsroom_guid
newsroom_comments a
newsroom_readmore a

These elements correspond to the same elements you can toggle on and off in the stack settings, using the checkboxes. Because we are using a CSS Flexbox system to layout each news item, the 'order' numbers permit you to change the ordering of these items. The higher the number, the further down the news item the element is placed. For example, if you wanted to change the date to show first, you could set its order to 1 and change the ordering of other items accordingly.

The name of the feed can be displayed at the top. This can be useful in instances where you are embedding multiple feeds and need headings to denote where they each start and end. The newsroom_feed_heading class can be used to restyle this element.

How do I find the RSS link?

Some websites will prominently display an orange / white RSS feed icon. Some websites may place the RSS link on a blog sidebar or within the footer of the webpage. Your web browser may also display an RSS icon in its address bar, depending on the browser used. Copy the link using the right button on your mouse and paste it into Newsroom. Remember that the RSS feed must be available publicly (an RSS feed in a passworded or private membership website will not work). If you are certain a website has an RSS feed (like a website built with Wordpress) but you cannot see the link, open the page source code in your web browser. CMD + F to search the source code and look for a link ending in rss, or xml as that is likely to be an RSS feed you could use.

RSS compatibility

RSS is an officially recognised web standard. However some feeds may include invalid markup or content that Newsroom cannot display. Obviously there is little that can be done to fix a malformed RSS feed from within Newsroom. You will find Newsroom works great for simple RSS feeds; less-so for complicated feeds that include non-standard code or complicated media types. Always download and try the free demo version of Newsroom before committing to a purchase, if you need to check the suitability of Newsroom with specific news feeds, because refunds cannot be given. You can check an RSS feed uses valid markup by testing it with the W3C Feed Validation Service.

Copyright

You need to consider that Newsroom fetches content from websites and embeds it directly within your website. Personal use of RSS doesn't normally carry many limitations. However re-publishing RSS feeds in websites (especially commercial websites, where there is advertising or other revenue being made) needs careful consideration. If in doubt, always ask first if you may reuse a third-party RSS feed in your website.