EventEssentials Pro users have the ability to provide a live feed of data to an RSS format. So what can you do with it and other RSS feeds (e.g., sites with news or weather RSS)?
If you look at the web address that is produced for an RSS feed, it may look like gobbledygook in certain browsers. With certain tools to display and format the information (and knowing what you can do), there is a lot of potential in information sharing and time savings!
In these examples, I am using Feedwind, but others such as Feedly should work well also.
Google Alerts is great for news, blogs, etc., typically found from Google searches with keywords like your organization's name.
Prepping RSS Links from EventEssentials Pro for Event Information
This feed used in these examples is strictly for a cafeteria at a specific location, no other areas or places. To understand how this can be produced, view our Help Guide for details on how to generate the URL for a feed.
TIP: if you develop a feed for a specific area or room(s), and the event changes location to a place not contained in your feed's parameters, a message will display an "altered" message. With this in mind, you may want to think about when it is appropriate to use feeds for singular vs. multiple areas. If you have an event in Lab 3, but it moves to Lab 2, would be it better to have a feed for all Labs vs. a feed for each lab? Same for athletic fields (e.g., Field 1 vs. Field 4) to have singular vs. multiple areas for a feed? This will often depend on the end result you are trying to perform.
Applying RSS Links from EventEssentials Pro for Event Information
RSS can often be applied in a few ways, depending on the system formatting it or the solution using it:
- Embedding Code: for use in webpages
- iFrame: for use in webpages
- URL/Web address: for use in some web browsers, digital displays and other software that only need the hyperlink of an RSS feed
Considering PowerPoint for auto-displaying new events? Here's how I did it (requires PowerPoint 2013 or greater, no easy way is currently available in Google Slides).
I have also been able to use feeds in CrisisManager by using embedding code provided by Feedwind and Google Alerts. This would require internet connectivity to see the information as it is pulling live data.
These are examples of a feed you may have in a webpage. It is the same data feed, but formatted differently based on preferences I established in Feedwind (e.g., dynamic vs. fixed size, colors, amount of data to display). This will require your webmaster to insert the source code in whichever option they prefer, embedding code or iFrame.
|Simple Feed with limited information, no scrolling, dynamic width:
||"Pretty" version, detailed, autoscrolling, fixed size, formatting for text and background:
Got an idea for using RSS you would like to share? Comment below!