Headlines Plugin

Description

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

Note: Syndic8.com ( http://www.syndic8.com/ ) is a good site listing many RSS feeds.

Syntax Rules

%HEADLINES{"..."}%

Parameter Explanation Default
"..." source of RSS 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. Can 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. Can 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

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. Nnote, that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formating parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is prefered 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 refering to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.

Examples

Slashdot News

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

HeadlinesPlugin ERROR: 500 Can't connect to slashdot.org:443 (Connection refused)

Business Opportunities Weblog

Write
%HEADLINES{"http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="3"}%

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

Wed, 16 May 2018 20:19:47 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 16 May 2018 10:51:39 +0000 Bizop Team

When you're a small business owner, you have to wear many hats, especially in the beginning. One of those hats has you continually maintaining and upgrading your website. In that capacity, you know a content delivery network (CDN) will speed up your site. However, installing one is complicated.

Isn't it?

Wrong.

Some CDN's do have complex implementation sequences, but others are as simple as boiling an egg. There's an obvious sequence of actions you need to complete, but each one is easy and quick.

The sequence below relates to implementing an Incapsula CDN on any domain.

 

Signing Up

A good quality CDN uses expensive hardware such as solid state disks (SSDs), the latest super-fast CPUs and the fastest Internet connections. Each of these costs money.

A free CDN won't compare to a paid one, and the monthly charges for a good one start at around $59 per month. However, that is a small price to pay for the increased conversions your faster site will give you.

Incapsula offers a free trial, but you do need to give your credit card details. If things don't work out, though, just cancel the pending payment.

We lay out the entire, step-by-step CDN implementation process in the screenshots below from Incapsula.

Start by clicking on the green ''Pricing & Sign Up'' button and choose the level of CDN cover you need.

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If you click on the PRO plan, the next screen asks for your name, email address, and company details.

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When you click on the ''Create Account'' button you are taken to the screen below to fill in your credit card details.

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Enter your card details and press the big green button. Provided you have enough unused credit on your card, you will be directed to the screen where you will enter your domain name.

 

Adding Your Site

Adding your site to any CDN has a few more steps than most company sites reveal in their marketing.

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Type in a domain name you own and press the green button to add the site to your Incapsula account. Just add one domain at this stage, or things will get too complicated.

Incapsula tells you what is happening.

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You will see a message on the next screen about verifying your identity using the email address you gave when you signed up.

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Click on the link in the email that Incapsula sent you.

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Clicking the link clears the ID verification message.

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Click the orange triangle under ''status,'' and you start a sequence that will set up your site on Incapsula.

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Now, click on the green ''Set up HTTP'' link.

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Click on the friendly-looking green ''Let's start'' button. And you get the rather unfriendly looking screen below. Never fear, Click the green ''Check DNS'' button anyway.

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You then see the scary screen below, where you have to DO something.

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Validate by e-mail sounds easier, so click that box.

You now have a drop-down choice of email addresses to choose from.

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You probably don't have any of those addresses set up, so you need to set one up in your cPanel dashboard. (If you do have one of these email addresses set up you can skip the next few steps.)

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Scroll down through your cPanel screen until you reach the EMAIL section. Click the ''Email Accounts'' link. Scroll down the available email domains until you come to the one you need. Then add ''admin'' or your chosen email user and generate a password.

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Be Sure to Copy Your Password

Click on the ''eye'' to see your password and copy it (Ctrl C). (This is a vital step!)

Press ''Create Account.”

You will need to set up your new email account in whichever email client you use (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.).

The screenshots below show how to set up your new account in Thunderbird. Download Thunderbird free from here.

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Click on File, New, Existing Mail Account, and a pop-up will appear as below.

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Put your name on the top line, your new email address in the second line, and paste your password (Ctrl V) into the third line. Click ''Confirm,'' and you are done.

Go back to your Incapsula browser tab.

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Choose the email address you have just set up and click the ''Send email'' link.

The screen below then opens up.

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Open your email client, scroll down to the address you have given and open your inbox.

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Open the email from Incapsula and click the link.

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And Now You Wait…

You must wait a few hours until the SSL certificate is issued before you can go on to the next step.

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When you click on the ''Go to management console'' button, you see the screen below.

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That's it for now. Go and do something else for a few hours, because you need an email from Incapsula before you can go to the next step.

Eventually, you will get an email as shown below.

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Open the email.

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It's Really Easier Than It Seems

This all sounds pretty complicated. Don't give up, though, because it's easier than it seems.

Open your cPanel screen and scroll down until you find the ''Domains'' section. Click on the ''DNS Zone Editor'' link.

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The DNS editor will open.

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Find the domain you are setting up on Incapsula and click the ''Manage'' link.

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You are now ready to change the ''A record.” Copy the new IP address from the recent Incapsula email and click ''edit'' as shown below.

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Click ''Save Record.''

You will get an acknowledgment screen saying you have updated the ''A record'' successfully.

 

Now, Add Another One

Now you get to add another ''A record.''

Click on the ''Add Record'' button.

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When you click, you will get the screen below.

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Paste in your naked domain name and the new ''A record'' IP address as shown below, then click the ''Add Record'' button.

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Well done. You have now completed two of the threeDNS changes. (DNS, by the way, stands for Domain Name System.)

Your next step is to change the CNAME record.

Click the CNAME link, as below.

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Follow the email instructions and click ''Edit'' for the domain.

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You will see the screen below. You are going to replace the highlighted domain in the ''Record'' column with whatever your Incapsula email said to use.

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Paste in the new CNAME record from your email and click ''Save Record.''

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Practice Patience

You've finished, but the changes you have just made will take up to 48 hours to propagate, so Incapsula still marks your domain as ''not configured.''

The next day or the day after, you will receive an email as shown below.

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When you open the email, you find everything is in order.

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When you log in to Incapsula again, you should see a screen similar to the one below.

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That happy green check mark tells you your DNS changes have propagated. Now all your traffic will go through your Incapsula CDN.

 

RELATED ARTICLE: 2 SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP YOUR IT DEPARTMENT HELP YOUR BUSINESS

 

Long Story Short

You need a content delivery network to stay one step ahead of your competitors. Your website needs to lead the pack in every way, including design, interactivity, and speed. A quality CDN is part of that.

So choose your CDN carefully. You don't need a perfect Eggs Benedict. All you want is a poached egg on toast, so choose one that is simplicity itself to implement. Incapsula's CDN is one of the simplest to set up, as you can see from the series of screenshots above.

The post How to Install a Content Delivery Network (CDN) on Your Site appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Tue, 15 May 2018 03:12:15 +0000 Bizop Team
Image Credit: John Haslam on Flickr

The tiny island nation of Maltahas only about half a million inhabitants. However, last year alone it attracted more than two million tourists from around the world.

With so much money coming into the economy via tourism, it's not surprising that many international entrepreneurs are deciding to start new businesses in Malta. The favorable local economy and steady supply of tourists make Malta's economy an ideal breeding ground for organically grown businesses.

In turn, these businesses can easily expand and scale up. All they need to do is leverage the simple and streamlined trade that Malta enjoys with all of Europe and North America.

 

RELATED ARTICLE: GO GLOBAL: 6 KEY BENEFITS OF EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESS INTERNATIONALLY

 

1. Choose a Corporation Type

First, you'll need to decide which kind of corporate entity you want to register. Your main options are:

  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • International holding company
  • Partnership
  • Self-employed individual

By far the most common type is the LLC. This is because of the filing benefits and the advantage of having limited liability as the company owner in certain scenarios.

You also have the option of choosing between a public LLC or a private LLC. However, keep in mind that founding a public company will require a much more substantial minimum capital deposit. We will discuss that a little later in this guide.

Similarly, individuals looking into obtaining citizenship by investment in Malta would need to make some sort of monetary contribution. Or they would need to prove that they've had a financial stake in the nation's economy.

 

2. Complete Registration Documents

Now that you've decided on a company type, you'll need to draft and file the necessary articles of incorporation and memorandum documents. If you're from the UK, you'll find the process to be a breeze. That’s because the Malta Company Act was based mainly around the UK Companies Act.

If you're going to prepare these documents independently, you'll need to contact your local jurisdiction in Malta to determine how to proceed. However, you should seek professional assistance with this matter to avoid any mistakes and eliminate first-time hassles.

 

3. Deposit the Minimum Capital into an Account

As part of your business plan and memorandum, you'll want to determine what your minimal starting capital should be. Do this with the help of an accountant. As a bare minimum, Malta requires that a private LLC deposit a minimum share capital of at least €1,200. However, only 20% of that amount needs to be deposited into a bank.

On the other hand, if you wish to start a public LLC then you'll need to make a minimum share deposit of €46,600. However, only 25% of that must be deposited into a bank account.

All the same, the deposit must be made into a business account. Inform the teller that you are depositing your share capital. At this point the money will be stored in a holding account until the company has fully completed the registration process.

It's important to keep the receipt for your share capital deposit. That’s because you will need it to bolster the documentation you'll be submitting.

To recap for this step, you'll be opening a business bank account, depositing your minimum share capital, and keeping the deposit slip for your records.

 

4. Submit Documentation to the MFSA

Now you'll need to fill out a company registration form and submit it to the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). Additionally, include your articles of association and share capital deposit slip. The full process takes about two to three days. There is also a registration fee that you'll have to pay.

To learn more about the registration process and fees, visit the MFSA's official guide to registering a company.

 

5. Apply for the Appropriate Licenses

For the majority of businesses that are founded in this country, you only need to fill out an application form for commercial activity. This will give you all the licensure you need to do business.

However, if your business will be handling food, providing beautician services, or operating a large manufacturing operation, you may need to obtain additional licenses from different departments. The best way to find out which licenses you need is to contact Malta's Commerce Department.

 

6. Obtain a Tax Identification Number

Next, you'll need to contact the Commission for Revenue department to apply for a Tax Identification Number. This a straightforward step that won't require any fees.

However, you will need to file a tax return form once per year. You may want to seek the assistance of an accountant when filing for the first year of business.

 

 

7. Register with VAT

Regardless of what kind of business you're going to operate, you'll need to register with Malta's VAT department. If your business doesn't have an expected turnover of more than €12,000 annually, then you won't need to charge VAT on transactions.

However, if you are expecting a turnover of more than €20,000 annually then the VAT will vary. Therefore, it's best to contact the VAT department directly to make sure you're handling this step correctly.

 

8. Apply for a PE Number

If you're self-employed, you can skip this step. If not, you will need to apply for a PE number with the Inland Revenue Department.

 

9. Register with the Employment Training Centre (ETC)

For every employee you hire, you will need to fill in a form for the Employment and Training Centre (ETC). These forms need to be filled out both when you hire new employees and terminate existing ones.

 

10. Consider Data Protection Regulation

Finally, if your company is going to be collecting and storing sensitive personal data for its clients, you'll need to become familiar with Malta's Data Protection regulations.

 

Conclusion

The above steps are just a brief outline of what it will take to start a business in Malta. However, these are necessary before you can even think about launching your start-up.

Even so, Malta is quickly becoming one of the globe's leading travel destinations. Moreover, business growth is expected to rise exponentially in the coming years. As a result, the country can offer a better than average return on your investment.

The post A Brief but Handy Guide to Starting a Business in Malta appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Tue, 15 May 2018 02:25:22 +0000 Bizop Team

Web development agencies on track to achieve greater heights are picky about the platform they choose to run their business.

They have to be. That’s because website creation grows more accessible each day to almost everyone, whether they’re a web developer or not. Therefore, if your web development agency doesn’t make the grade, you'll soon find yourself struggling to find clients.

 

RELATED ARTICLE: 5 REASONS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS A WEBSITE

 

In this post, we make a side-by-side comparison of Wix, a popular DIY-style website builder, and Duda, a platform that's tailored to the extended needs of website development agencies.

Before anything else, though, introductions are in order.

 

Wix

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Founded in 2006, Wix was introduced in a period of rapid change in the web development space.

Content management systems, blogging platforms, and other DIY site-building software were gaining a foothold. Similarly, Wix was released with the vision to make website development as easy as possible.

With Wix, anyone can build a professional-looking website within minutes, thanks to the wide selection of themes and templates for various categories. Users can then customize their creations via the drag-and-drop editor. This is perfect for website owners with zero design experience.

 

Duda

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Next up is Duda, a younger platform with much bigger goals than its competitors.

Rather than focusing on website development only, Duda aims to provide the technology that web development agencies need to grow.

To that end, it helps web development agencies with client communications, team collaboration, and the agency's branding efforts. And it does so with robust back-end tools. In other words, Duda is basically an all-in-one tool that can help web development agencies run their businesses.

 

Comparing Wix and Duda

Now for that side-by-side comparison we promised.

 

1. Flexibility

You can easily customize the websites you create with either Duda or Wix. That is, you can edit, move, and stylize every layer or section of content as you see fit.

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Unfortunately, though, Wix's website editor is noticeably more theme-dependent and rigid. For example, you can only add page sections on top of each other. In contrast, Duda allows you to incorporate more website elements into different columns.

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What's more, Wix doesn't permit you to modify any of the existing codes on your website. This is a huge disadvantage, especially to web development agencies whose developers need as much control with their projects as possible.

Wix does, however, enable you to add new layers of code by turning on the built-in Developer Tools. Still, it's not nearly as powerful as the Duda code editor. This is a tool that essentially gives you the keys to everything.

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Winner: Duda

 

2. Ease of Use

To be fair, both Duda and Wix offer an intuitive user experience that anyone can get used to in no time.

For example, Wix offers one of the most user-friendly interfaces around. Its minimalist dashboard and the convenient Quick Links tool make it easy to find the exact feature you need.

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Additionally, the Wix website editor is tough to beat. It functions as a central interface where you can do practically everything, from connecting your own domain name to editing your on-page business details.

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However, Duda also offers a level of usability that makes website creation a breeze.

In particular, the Widgets section in the Duda editor enables you to speedily construct feature-rich web pages. You simply need to locate the widget you want, drag it anywhere you desire, and make the necessary adjustments.

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However, Wix has a trick under its sleeve that puts it a tad ahead of Duda in terms of usability.

Upon creating a website for the very first time, you have the option to let the Wix Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) do the grunt work. As the name suggests, it's an AI-based system that automatically designs a website according to your specific needs.

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Although you can still fully customize the website you build through the Wix ADI, it often ends up looking generic at first. But since the first factor is all about ease of use, then we have to hand Wix a point here.

Winner: Wix

 

3. Asset Management

Effective asset management is one of the most important aspects of successful web development. Duda achieves this with the help of handy content collection and library management tools.

For example, if you already have an existing site or Facebook page you'd like to scrape content from, all you need to do is enter the right URL in the Import Content tool.

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Duda also allows you to create a Content Collection Form. This makes it easier for your clients to submit everything they need on their website, including images, documents, videos, and so on.

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Once your clients have uploaded their assets to the content library, you can seamlessly plug them into their web page.

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Wix, on the other hand, has an option that lets you import images from several online services. These include Google Drive, DeviantArt, Flickr, and social media networks. But for other types of content, such as videos, animations, and documents, you'll have to obtain and upload them from clients yourself.

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Overall, Wix's asset management is a bit more tedious and time-consuming than what Duda has to offer. Sure, it maintains the drag-and-drop experience when you’re adding content to your web pages. However, it's certainly not enough, especially for web developers, who expect to work with dozens if not hundreds of assets in multiple projects.

Winner: Duda

 

4. Extra Features

As a bonus round, let's take a look at the extra features that Duda and Wix bring to the table.

First off is Wix's features for music-related websites. In particular, let’s consider their already-configured Music Player and Tour Dates sections. You can add these to any page.

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Once you’ve added them, you’ll have access to Wix Music. This is a central dashboard for managing your albums, singles, and playlists. Pretty cool, eh?

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Duda has one key feature that can definitely give Wix Music a run for its money, however. And that’s theWidget Builder.

The Widget Builder allows designers and developers to create dynamic content and interactions for their users. It can integrate with a payment gateway, a booking calendar, an FAQ accordion, and so on.

What’s more, the widgets are highly versatile. You can create libraries of them to use across all of your clients’ projects.

Compared to the app marketplaces on most website building platforms, the Duda Widget Builder has some major advantages. For instance, if you build your widget here, it will work on all devices and screen sizes. What’s more, there won't be any code conflicts with other plugins or design elements on the sites you create.

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Wix's advantage targets a narrow audience. However, Duda's Widget Builder arguably delivers more value for web developers. And with that said, we'll hand Duda another point for its Widget Builder.

Winner: Duda

 

 

Conclusion

At the end of the day, it all boils down to personal preference when it comes to these top-tier website platforms.

However, if you look at both tools objectively-taking into account the features of both- it becomes immediately clear that Duda far surpasses Wix for web development agencies. Mainly that’s because with Wix you'd have to use other tools to help you with client communication, team collaboration, and your branding efforts.

With Duda, on the other hand, you'll have all the tools you need to run your web development agency.

The post Duda Versus Wix: Which Is Best for Web Development Agencies? appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %HEADLINESPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%. Note: Don't modify the settings here; copy and customize the settings in Main.SitePreferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Main.SitePreferences.

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

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Disable caching: 0, default: 60
    • Set REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown. Default: 100
    • Set LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent, or fallback to Foswiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes
    • Set USELWPUSERAGENT = yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20
    • Set USERAGENTTIMEOUT = 20

  • Name of user agent. Default: FoswikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21.2
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = FoswikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21.2

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set 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 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)
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $Foswiki::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

You do not need to install anything in the browser to use this extension. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the extension on the server.

Open configure, and open the "Extensions" section. Use "Find More Extensions" to get a list of available extensions. Select "Install".

If you have any problems, or if the extension isn't available in configure, then you can still install manually from the command-line. See http://foswiki.org/Support/ManuallyInstallingExtensions for more help.

Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, Foswiki:Main.MichaelDaum (2005-2007)
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Release: 2.21.2
Version: 6822 (2010-03-21)
Change History:  
09 Mar 2010: can now use 0 properly with HEADLINESPLUGIN_REFRESH, HEADLINESPLUGIN_LIMIT, HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTTIMEOUT
08 Mar 2009: Ported without changes to Foswiki namespace by Kenneth Lavrsen and put under "Feel Free To Modify" in Foswiki context.
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: 5.008
Home: Foswiki:Extensions/HeadlinesPlugin
Support: Foswiki:Support/HeadlinesPlugin
Topic revision: r1 - 2009-02-13, ProjectContributor
 
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