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The Joomla 3.0 Newsfeed component allows you to show RSS feeds on your site. Besides using the Newsfeed component, you can also use the Feed Display module to show RSS feeds. The first part of this tutorial covers using the Newsfeed component, and the latter part of this guide will cover the Feed Display module.

Please note that throughout this article we will be using "rss" and "newsfeed" interchangeably.

How to create a new NewsFeeds Category

Before you add your first newsfeed, you may want to first create a new newsfeed category. When you're adding new RSS feeds, you assign them to specific newsfeed categories. There is an Uncategorized category by default, and you certainly can assign everything to uncategorized if you wanted to. If organization is important to you though, follow the steps below and learn to create a new newsfeeds category.

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the top menu, click Components, hover over Newsfeeds, and then click Categories
  3. In the top left of the page, click New
  4. Enter the details for your new Category, and then click the Save button in the top left of the page.

    In our testing, we are going to create a page that contains SEO rss feeds, so we are creating a SEO Newsfeeds category. Here are the details we entered on the new Newsfeeds Category page:

    Title SEO
    Description RSS feeds about SEO will be assigned to this category.

How to add a new Newsfeed

As we just created a Newsfeed category called SEO, we will now add a RSS feed to this category.

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the top menu, click Components, hover over Newsfeeds, and then click Feeds
  3. Click New in the top left of the page
  4. Fill out the details of your new Newsfeed / RSS feed, and then click Save in the top left of the page

    We entered the following details:

    Title SEOmoz
    Category SEO (the category we created above)
    Description The description for the SEOmoz RSS feed goes here.

How to create a Newsfeed menu item

If you want your website visitors to see your newsfeeds, you'll need to link to them. To do so, you'll need to create a new Newsfeed menu item. In the steps below, we will walk you through setting up the three newsfeed menu items that are available, and we'll also show you what each of them looks like.

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the top menu, click Menus, hover of the menu of your choice, and then click Add New Menu Item
  3. Next to Menu Item Type, click Select.
  4. Click Newsfeeds.

    You will then see 3 available options for new pages:

    - List all News Feed Categories
    - List News Feeds in a Category
    - Single News Feed

    Below, we will show you how to create each of these types of pages.


    List All News Feed Categories

    The List All News Feed Categories does just what it says, it creates a page that lists all of the newsfeed categories that you've created.

    4A 1. Click List All News Feed Categories.
    4A 2. Next to Select a Top Level Category, choose the category to show all Newsfeeds within. We left this to the default setting of Root.
    4A 3. Enter a title next to Menu Title - we entered All Rss feeds.
    4A 4. Click Save in the top left of the page

    all-rss-feedsWe have two categories of RSS feeds, SEO and PHP. As you see in the screenshot to the right, the new page we created simply lists the categories themselves.


    List News Feeds in a Category

    The List News Feeds in a Category option allows you to select a specific newsfeed category that you created, and it will generate a page listing all of the individual rss feeds that you've assigned to that category.

    4B 1. Click List News Feeds in a Category
    4B 2. Next to Category, choose the Newsfeeds category to show feeds from - we chose SEO
    4B 3. Next to Menu Title, enter a title for the menu - we entered SEO RSS feeds
    4B 4. Click Save in the top left of the page

    seo-rss-feedsWhen we visit our Joomla website, we now see a link in the right menu that says SEO RSS feeds. When we click on that link, it brings us to a page listing the RSS feeds that we setup for the SEO Newsfeeds category.


    Single News Feed

    The Single News Feed page is the one that will finally show the contents of the RSS feed. With this option, you select the specific newsfeed you want to show, and it will create a page that shows the latest entries in the newsfeed.

    4C 1. Click Single News Feed
    4C 2. Next to Feed, click Select. In the list of feeds, click on the feed you would like to show - we chose the Matt Cutts RSS feed
    4C 3. Next to Menu Title, enter a title for this page - we entered Matt Cutts RSS feed
    4C 4. Click Save in the top left menu

    matt-cutts-rss-feedAfter following the above steps, visiting our Joomla website now shows us a Matt Cutts RSS feed link in our right menu. When we click on this link, it brings us to a page listing 5 entries that belong to Matt Cutts' RSS feed.


How to show a Newsfeed on your site with a module

The Feed Display module in Joomla allows you to show an RSS feed on your website using a module. This module does not tie into the newsfeeds component at all, it is totally separate. If you need an easy way to show an RSS feed on your site, as in your sidebar, follow the steps below to learn how to setup the Feed Display module.

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the top menu, click Extensions and then click Module Manager
  3. Click New in the top left of the page
  4. Under Select a Module Type, click Feed Display
  5. Enter the details of your new Feed Display module, and then click Save in the top left of the page.

    We entered the following:

    Title Matt Cutts
    Position Right [position-7]
    If you're not sure where to place the module on your page, click here to find out more.
    Feed URL

    Please note: This setting is found under the basic options tab.

    matt-cutts-rss-feed-in-right-sidebarAfter clicking save, the RSS feed module (Newsfeed) you just created will show in the position and pages you specified. You can see in the screenshot that we setup the Matt Cutts RSS feed to show in our right sidebar.

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n/a Points
2015-10-25 2:36 am

I followed instructions exactly, but it won't work.

When i click on the link, I get the xml. No html. and ideas? the link I entered. Was this wrong?Thanks,David Hunt
43,761 Points
2015-10-26 1:58 pm
Hello David,

When visiting that link, it displays fine. Are you saying you are just seeing the source code? What version of Joomla are you using?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-07-17 10:27 am

Hi. I am trying to make ONE link pull RSS feeds from 3 Joomla Categories.

I have created News Feeds Category and a feed (which has the automatic rss link from the website, not external), published syndication modules and made a Menu link pulling from all News Feeds Categories (there is only one such)

Nothing happened until a friend pointed out that the articles within those 3 Joomla Categories needed to be featured.Now they show up, but only from one Category, not all 3..Any help is appreciated

42,943 Points
2015-07-17 10:37 am
Hello Bertha,

Apologies for the RSS issues that you're having. Typically, if the RSS feeds aren't working it's either your configuration, or there's something you're trying to do , that the built-in functionality doesn't really handle very well. We'd have to look at your installation and administration settings in order to troubleshoot the issue. I would recommend looking at some of the extension you can load for CSS. Check out this Simple RSS Feed Reader. You may find a better solution with some these free extensions.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-08-26 11:00 am
I want to know how to make a feed from my website
n/a Points
2014-07-20 4:39 pm

How often does the news feed manager pull the RSS data? Is there any way to change it to hourly?

31,595 Points
2014-07-21 10:15 am
Hello Michael P Rolfes,

Thank you for your question. The feed manager should just pull any new RSS data going forward.

The only time setting I could find for this module was for cache time, which should only work if you are using caching.

You can find the Cache Time setting for the module, by going to Options, then Advanced Options.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-07-17 12:55 pm

I have a problem with News Feed and Feed Display:

 my site is This line here 'Ν?α και Ανακοιν?σεις για την Εκπαιδευση' (3rd from last in the menu on the left) is a 'List News Feeds in a Category' menu item. On clicking it, you get a list of all neesfeeds. While clicking on the actual link, i.e. '' works fine, clicking on the name gives a '0- No registered feed parser for type html.' error. The line rading 'ΔΙΕΥΘΥΝΣΗ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΟΒΑΘΜΙΑΣ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΣΗΣ Β' ΑΘΗΝΑΣ' is a Single News Feed menu item, which, when clicked, gives the same error message. The line reading 'ΔΔΕ Β?Αθ?νας - Ανακοιν?σεις' is a feed  display with the same feed URL ( which gives a feed not found message.

What am I missing here? I'm using Joomla3.3.1. The esct same feed display is set on on joomla1.5.26 and works fine.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you


11,186 Points
2014-07-17 2:04 pm
It appears that this is an issue several users have had according to a post on the Joomla forums. Within that post, various users have suggested using a different feed reader extension which seems to solve some of the issues.
n/a Points
2014-07-12 10:39 am

I can't find what I am looking for, because I always end up with some list of articles grouped in some form visible on some part of the screen.

What I want is in joomla 3, to have the articles that I publish to be available for subscription into someone else's newsfeed. Like a little RSS icon they can click on at the bottom of the screen and they get my articles in their news reader. I bought ultimate feed display component, but that is about feeding other news into your site.

11,186 Points
2014-07-14 9:53 am
If you want your own feed to display, you could simply use your own feed URL within the steps described by this article. To configure your own RSS feed, you may use one of the various RSS feed Joomla extensions.
n/a Points
2014-07-16 2:39 pm

But to get that link to carry the feed you need to install a syndicator and on the extention page there is no syndicator for joomla 3

n/a Points
2014-05-18 4:22 pm

Thanks.. this really helpful. Even for a noob like me, what you write here is nice and understandable

n/a Points
2014-04-12 2:14 pm

Hi. Very helpfull. But I need news feed modul not only text. With sizeable photo.. Can you help me plase?

11,186 Points
2014-04-14 8:28 am
Unfortunately, I unaware of a specific module that will work in this way, but I do recommend to take a look through the Joomla Extensions Directory to locate a module that will work well for you.

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