mojoPortal Tips: How to Add Scrolling Blog Highlights to Your Front Page
Written by Carole Bennett Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Hello! In today’s post, we are going to touch on how to add a bit of snazziness to the front page of your mojoPortal website, using the built-in Feed Manager module.
Log into your website as an administrator; on the admin bar, click on “Edit this Page”. In the Page Content Layout section, click the “Feature” dropdown at the top and select “Feed Manager”; add it to whichever Pane you will want to contain your scroller.
After you have added the Feed Manager, click on “View This Page”, to finish configuring your feed settings.
Under the feature “settings” (the wrench), you will find this screen:
I usually leave the rest of the blocks unchecked; I let the outbound feed from my blog handle the formatting. Now to integrate your blog RSS.
Save your settings, and then click the pencil icon to add your blog RSS.
You can see here that I have already added my feed; the feed manager will allow you to add multiple feeds, so if you are planning to have a “latest news” scroller instead, it is just as easy to set up.
If you are not familiar with optimizing your blog RSS feed, refer to my article “mojoPortal Tips: How to Make Your Blog More Social-Media Friendly” – with clean formatting, and an eye-catching thumbnail image, you will find that you have got a great way to get your reader’s attention, and present more information in less space.
One of the other advantages of using this technique is that as your blog content is updated, the excerpt displayed on the front page is also updated, which helps your search engine rankings (frequently updated sites are assigned a higher ranking in Google, for instance).