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Headlines Plugin

Show headline news in TWiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

Description

This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Notes:

  • RSS (Rich Site Summary) is an XML standard used to publish frequently updated works such as blog entries, news headlines and audio.
  • Atom is an XML syndication format used for web feeds.
  • Syndic8.com at http://www.syndic8.com/ lists many RSS and ATOM feeds.

Syntax Rules

%HEADLINES{"..."}%

Parameter Explanation Default
"..." Source of RSS or ATOM feed; this can be an url (starting with http) or a web.topic location for internal feeds None; is required
href="..." (Alternative to above) N/A
refresh="60" Refresh rate in minutes for caching feed; "0" for no caching Global REFRESH setting
limit="12" Maximum number of items shown Global LIMIT setting
header="..." Header. May include these variables:
- $channeltitle, $title: title of channel (channel.title)
- $channellink, $link: link of channel (channel.link)
- $channeldescription, $description: description (channel.description)
- $channeldate, $date: publication date of the channel (channel.pubDate)
- $rights: copyrights of the channel (channel.copyright)
- $imagetitle: title text for site (image.title)
- $imagelink: link for site (image.link)
- $imageurl: URL of image (image.url)
- $imagedescription: description of image (image.description)
Global HEADER setting
format="..." Format of one item. May include these variables:
- $title: news item title (item.title)
- $link: news item link (item.link)
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate, item.date)
- $category: the article category (item.category)
Global FORMAT setting
touch="..." Touch (edit/save) topics if the feed has updates. Specify a comma-space delimited list of TopicNames or Web.TopicNames, such as "%TOPIC%, NewsLetter". Useful to send out newsletter using MailerContrib, showing new feeds since last newsletter. To update feeds, visit topics with feeds in regular intervals (using cron with wget or the like). N/A

The header and format parameters might also use variables rendering the dc, image and content namespace information. Note, that only bits of interest have been implemented so far and those namespaces might not be implemented fully yet.

Rendering the dc namespace

The following variables are extracting the dc namespace info, that could be used in header and format. Note that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formatting parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is preferred over <dc:title> content </dc:title>.

  • $title: channel/article title (dc:title)
  • $creator: channel creator (dc:creator)
  • $subject: subject text; this will also add an image according to the subject hash list, see above (dc:subject)
  • $description: ... (dc:description)
  • $publisher: the channel/article publisher (dc:publisher)
  • $contributor: ... (dc:contributor)
  • $date: ... (dc:date)
  • $type: ... (dc:type)
  • $format: ... (dc:format)
  • $identifier: ... (dc:identifier)
  • $source: ... (dc:source)
  • $language: ... (dc:language)
  • $relation: ... (dc:relation)
  • $coverage: ... (dc: coverage)
  • $rights: ... (dc: rights)

Rendering the image namespace

An image:item is converted into an <img> tag using the following mappings:

  • src: image url (rdf:about attribute of the image.item tag)
  • alt: image title (title)
  • width: image width (image:width)
  • height: image height image:height)

Rendering the content namespace

The variable $content is referring to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.

Examples

Slashdot News

Write

%HEADLINES{ "http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf" 
  header="*[[$link][$title]]:* $description" 
  format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"
  limit="4"
}%
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog

Write

%HEADLINES{ "http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="2" }%

to get the latest postings on the "Business Opportunities" weblog:

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:45:47 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:45:46 +0000 Carrol Strain
Photo byCharles 🇵🇭onUnsplash

Getting onto the first page of Google is a serious asset for any local business. But when it comes to local SEO tips, there are certain things that matter a little, and certain things that can be total game-changers.

Most of SEO, or search engine optimization, is about making Google and other search engines like or believe in your website. A search engine’s job is to put relevant, helpful material in front of its users.

Your job is to be relevant and helpful. The more value your site provides, the better off you’ll be.

In this article, we’ll go over three of the best local SEO strategies you can implement today.

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1. Stand Out on Google My Business

People like to pretend this isn’t the case, but the reality is that both local SEO and global SEO are about playing Google’s game.

Google is, by far, the largest and most dominant search engine. Some studies show it enables 93 percent or more of the Internet to find what they’re looking for. Basically, the sooner you start playing Google’s game, the better.

Enter Google My Business. This service is new(ish), but it is pivotal for ranking on search engines. When you set up a Google My Business account, your business will not only be more easily discoverable in search engines but also more accessible on Google Maps and other platforms.

Basically, it’s a free SEO tool that you can use to help market and grow your business, handed down from the people that matter most. Especially if you’re wondering how to improve your local SEO, this should be your first step.

2. Build up Your Backlinks

If you aren’t familiar with the term backlinks, this should be high on your priority list. On the Internet, backlinks are like social proofing for your website or business. In other words, Google sees that other people are mentioning your site, so they feel more confident about your authority in the space.

Basically, a backlink means that someone else put a link to your website or a particular blog post. The total number of backlinks you have to your website is a major factor Google and other search engines take into account when ranking your website.

Suffice it to say, you wouldn’t (or you would be less likely to) buy a product from someone you don’t know. However, if someone else vouched for them, you’d be far more likely. It works the same way on the Internet.

Backlinks are helpful for your SEO overall, but if you're want to have more local traffic, backlinks will be enormously helpful for your local SEO. In fact, some companies offer backlinking as one of several SEO services.

3. Get Customer Reviews

In terms of local SEO for neighborhood businesses, having five-star ratings on Google, Yelp, and other platforms is the final pillar upon which all your strategies should be built. Again, this comes back to people being able to trust you for the service or product you’re offering.

Not only should you be actively monitoring these sites, but you should also be in the habit of asking clients to fill out customer reviews on these platforms. Find ways to incentivize your customers. That way it’s good for all parties.

Local SEO Tips: Wrapping Up

Search engine optimization for local businesses is a total wormhole. You can go down it for hours and find thousands of things you “should” be doing with your website or online business for your local SEO.

But when it comes to local SEO tips, the three biggest things that matter all come back to authority, social proofing, and search engines feeling comfortable putting you out there.

Did you find this article helpful? Then bookmark this site and come back often for updated content!

The post Rule the Neighborhood: 3 Brilliant Tips for Local SEO appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:49:15 +0000 Mel Martinez
Feature photo byAlexander MilsfromPexels

Ever need a small business loan and find the requirements impossible to meet? Banks and private lenders are more and more selective in the loans they offer. Sometimes applying for a loan can be a nightmare, especially if a small business has a lower credit score. But even a decent credit score is no guarantee of receiving a loan. Here are a few things each small business owner can do to increase your chances of getting a small business loan. 

Try Your Luck Online

Online lenders are perfect for small businesses. A loan should be your last resort, especially if you are struggling financially. If you have no choice but to take a loan, then consider an online lending platform. Securing a loan online is easier than more conventional lending methods because lending decisions do not entirely depend on your business' credit score.

Your Credit Score and a Small Business Loan

A good credit score will put you in good grace with any bank, private lender and online lending platform. Do your research about how to keep a good credit score. Start by maintaining a record of debts and costs in general. Settle any outstanding debts and collections. Then, provide a record of your paid debts to a credit reporting agency so they may be removed from your credit profile. Make sure to provide payment on outstanding debts on time to avoid collections, as these dramatically impact your credit score. A higher credit score will increase your chances of receiving a loan.

Know What Kind of Loan You Need

There are different types of loans for businesses and individuals. You should familiarize yourself with them and see which one best fits your needs. Avoid applying for loans from more than one lender at a time. The requisite credit checks can impact your credit score and can result in higher interest rates.

Present Your Cash Flow

If you're starting up a business from scratch or are relatively new in your industry, you may have to make a more compelling case to convince a lender to finance you. Detailed financial projections, positive cash flow, and a plan that demonstrates you can repay the loan will help lenders make a decision in your favor. Different banks and lenders have different criteria for giving out a loan. So, if one lender rejects your application, learn from your experience and try again with a different lender.

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Securing financing for your business venture does require some attention to detail. However, with a little preparation, you can make the case for a lender to support your business. Good luck!

The post Improve Your Chances of Getting a Small Business Loan appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences settings. Do not change the settings here, they are here only for illustration purposes showing the default values. Define the settings in Main.TWikiPreferences. For example, to customize the HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting, add a * Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME = ... bullet in Main.TWikiPreferences.

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Set to 0 to disable caching:
    • Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown:
    • Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent if set to 1, or fallback to TWiki's internal getUrl() method if set to 0:
    • Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_USELWPUSERAGENT = 1

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent:
    • Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTTIMEOUT = 20

  • Name of user agent:
    • Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME = TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2011-07-08

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_HEADER = <div class="headlinesChannel"><div class="headlinesLogo"><img src="$imageurl" alt="$imagetitle" border="0" />%BR%</div><div class="headlinesTitle">$n---+!! <a href="$link">$title</a></div><div class="headlinesDate">$date</div><div class="headlinesDescription">$description</div><div class="headlinesRight">$rights</div></div>

  • Default format of one item: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_FORMAT = <div class="headlinesArticle"><div class="headlinesTitle"><a href="$link">$title</a></div>$n<span class="headlinesDate">$date</span> <span class="headlinesCreator"> $creator</span> <span class="headlinesSubject"> $subject </span>$n<div class="headlinesText"> $description</div></div>

  • Values taken from configure: (only supported if CPAN:LWP is installed)
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as "intra.example.com, bugs.example.com";

Style Sheets

The default HEADER and FORMAT settings use the following styles. See the style.css file defining the default CSS properties (indentation illustrates enclosure).

  • headlinesRss: output of the HeadlinesPlugin (div)
    • headlinesChannel: channel header (div)
      • headlinesLogo: channel logo (div)
      • headlinesTitle: channel title (div)
      • headlinesDate: channel date (div)
      • headlinesDescription: channel description (div)
      • headlinesRight: channel copyright (div)
    • headlinesArticle: one news item (div)
      • headlinesTitle: article title (div)
      • headlinesDate: article date (span)
      • headlinesCreator: author of article (span)
      • headlinesSubject: subect category of the article (span)
      • headlinesText: article text (div)

Plugin Installation Instructions

This is a pre-installed plugin. TWiki administrators can upgrade the plugin as needed on the TWiki server.

Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the plugin on the TWiki server.

  • For an automated installation, run the configure script and follow "Find More Extensions" in the in the Extensions section.

  • Or, follow these manual installation steps:
    • Download the ZIP file from the Plugins home (see below).
    • Unzip HeadlinesPlugin.zip in your twiki installation directory. Content:
      File: Description:
      data/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.txt Plugin topic
      pub/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css Default CSS
      lib/TWiki/Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin.pm Plugin Perl module
      lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm Plugin core
    • Set the ownership of the extracted directories and files to the webserver user.
    • Make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved.
      NameVersionDescription
      Digest::MD5>=2.33Required. Download from CPAN:Digest::MD5
      LWP::UserAgent>=5.803Optional. Download from CPAN:LWP::UserAgent

  • Plugin configuration and testing:
    • Run the configure script, enable the plugin in the Plugins section
    • Configure the plugin: See plugin settings above.
    • Test if the installation was successful: See example above.

Plugin Info

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in TWiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum
Copyright: © 2002-2013 Peter Thoeny, TWiki.org
© 2005-2007 Michael Daum wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: 2013-02-16
2013-02-16: TWikibug:Item7091: Use TWISTY in installation instructions section and change history
2013-01-29: TWikibug:Item7131: HeadlinesPlugin doesn't match pattern in multiple lines.
2012-12-10: TWikibug:Item7070: HeadlinesPlugin doesn't support multiple disks.
2012-11-13: TWikibug:Item7016: Restore changes for earlier versions with LWP
2012-11-13: TWikibug:Item7020: Categorize TWiki Variable
2012-10-31: TWikibug:Item7016: Utilize <guid> value when it is available
2012-09-05: TWikibug:Item6837: Doc fixes
2011-07-17: TWikibug:Item6764: Add VarHEADLINES variable documentation; doc improvements; setting NO_PREFS_IN_TOPIC
2011-07-08: TWikibug:Item6725: Change global package variables from "use vars" to "our"
2010-05-16: TWikibug:Item6433: More doc improvements
2010-04-25: TWikibug:Item6433: Doc fix: Changing TWIKIWEB to SYSTEMWEB
2010-02-27: TWikibug:Item6313: Fixed bug in ATOM feed with <link ...></link> instead of <link ... /> -- Peter Thoeny
2009-09-30: fixed bug in lastBuildDate of feeds affecting touch parameter functionality -- Peter Thoeny
2009-08-29: added touch parameter -- Peter Thoeny
12 Feb 2009: {PROXY}{HOST} supports domain with and without protocol -- Peter Thoeny
06 Feb 2009: added {PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} configure setting, added USERAGENTNAME plugin setting -- Peter Thoeny
11 Dec 2008: added {PROXY}{HOST} and {PROXY}{PORT} configure settings -- Peter Thoeny
13 Sep 2007: fixed parsing of content:encoded
23 Jul 2006: improved atom parser; if a posting has no title default to 'Untitled'
26 Apr 2006: added lazy compilation
10 Feb 2006: packaged using the TWiki:Plugins/BuildContrib; minor fixes
03 Feb 2006: off-by-one: limit="n" returned n+1 articles; make FORMAT and HEADER format strings more robust
23 Jan 2006: released v2.00
05 Dec 2005: internal feed urls must be absolute
02 Dec 2005: added web.topic shorthand for internal feeds
29 Nov 2005: fixed CDATA handling
21 Nov 2005: added ATOM support; extended RSS support; added dublin core support; added content support; optionally using LWP to fetch feeds to follow redirections; corrected CPAN dependencies ; recoding special chars from html integer to entity encoding to increase browser compatibility; added css support; use getWorkArea() if available
11 May 2005: TWiki:Main.WillNorris: added DevelopBranch compatability
31 Oct 2004: Fixed taint issue by TWiki:Main.AdrianWeiler; small performance improvement
29 Oct 2004: Fixed issue of external caching if mod_perl or SpeedyCGI is used
02 Aug 2002: Implemented caching of feeds, thanks to TWiki:Main/RobDuarte
11 Jun 2002: Initial version (V1.000)
Perl Version: 5.8
Plugin Benchmark: GoodStyle 100%, FormattedSearch 99.5%, HeadlinesPlugin 94%
Plugin Home: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

Related Topics: VarHEADLINES, TWikiPlugins, AdminDocumentationCategory, TWikiPreferences

Topic revision: r8 - 2013-02-16 - 18:01:51 - TWikiContributor
 
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