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RSS Feeds

In order to insert an RSS feed on a page, you must include the script. The following variables can be used to customize it to your liking.

  • The first variable must be prefaced with a '?'. The remaining variables all use an '&' as a preface.
  • The last variable must be '&url'. If other variables follow it, the script may not work correctly or at all.
  • The URL must be 'https://'. This will prevent a mixed content blocking/warning error that might prevent the images from showing up as expected.
  • The order of the variables before the &url is irrelevant.
  • You may omit variables you do not want to use; this will set them to 0 by default.
  • Except where otherwise indicated, accepted options are 0 or 1.
  • num - This specifies the number of items to load. Typically, this will be between 3-10. Accepted options are 1-10.
  • size - This specifies the size of an image to display, to be displayed with the specified column width out of 12. For example, if the number specified is 3, the image will be 1/4 (3/12) of the available space. To display a full-width image in a sidebar, specify a size of 12. For any number less than 12, the description will be aligned to the right of the image. If a 0 is specified, the image will be hidden. Feed items that do not have a featured image attached will be formatted correctly regardless of this setting. Accepted options are 0-12.
  • title - This will show or hide the title.
  • date - This will show or hide the date.
  • desc - This will show or hide the description.
  • button - This will make the 'Read more' link a button or text.
  • inbody - This will enlarge the headings for better legibility in the body of a page.
  • forhome - This will change the entire layout for use on the homepage. This should ONLY be used on the homepage; most other variables will be ignored when this variable is enabled.
  • titlelink - This will link the title, making it teal.
  • nopad - This will reduce the padding around each feed item.
  • linkhide - This will show or hide the link. This will override the button setting. If this is set to 1, the title will be linked automatically.
  • althead - This will underline the headings.
  • url - This specifies the feed URL. It must be an RSS XML feed.
<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=4&size=4&title=1&date=0&desc=1&button=1&inbody=1&forhome=0&titlelink=0&nopad=0&linkhide=0&althead=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

Science students

TRU partners with program that empowers youth

   Thursday, January 26 2023

A new partnership between TRU and Shad Canada gives Grades 10 and 11 students a chance to tackle real-world problems.

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WolfPack Cheer elevates to world championships

   Wednesday, January 4 2023

The TRU WolfPack cheer team heads to the International Cheer Union University World Cup Cheerleading Championships in mid-January.

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Dr. Amie McLean

Alum returns as intercultural co-ordinator

   Tuesday, January 3 2023

An alum who understands challenges has joined TRU to do research on intercultural engagement and promote equity, diversity and inclusion.

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New data science diploma leads to high-demand careers

   Friday, December 16 2022

A new program trains students for the rapidly growing field of data science.

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<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=3&size=12&title=0&date=0&desc=0&nopad=1&linkhide=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

Science students
Dr. Amie McLean

Event Feeds

Event feeds work almost identically to RSS feeds. However, the only options are: num and inbody. The 'inbody' element will enlarge the font size of the feed.

To create the URL for an events feed, go to and view the category or tag of the feed you want to display, then add 'eo-events?event_start_after=now' to the end of the URL. The include statement should look like the following:

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/ics-parser/parseEvents.php?num=4&inbody=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

Check back soon for upcoming events.

Dates & Deadlines Feeds

To display a feed of upcoming Dates & Deadlines, it is configured much like the other feeds.

The defaults are:

  • Number of items: 5 (num=5)
  • Link the title with the URL (url=1)
  • Use smaller text (h4 for titles, p for dates)
  • Show all dates (audience=all)
  • Display as a list (blockgrid=0)
  • If blockgrid is enabled, display a grid of dates 3 wide on medium screens (grid=3)

The possibilities for the size variable are: 12,14,16,20,24,28,32. This will change the date size; the title will be 4px larger. For instance, if &size=20, the dates will be 20px and the titles will be 24px. Enlarging the fonts will allow the text to be visible on CCTV screens.

The options to display in a block grid are: &blockgrid=1 to enable, &grid=2 (typically 2-4 is appropriate, default is 3).

The options to for the audience variable are: &audience=staff or &audience=student. The default (left blank) will display all dates.

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/dates/dates-list.php?num=8&url=0&size=14&blockgrid=1&grid=4" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

    Podcast Feeds

    Podcast feeds work almost identically to RSS feeds. Set the button variable to "2" to convert the RSS to the podcast feed.

    Add the link to the podcast feed (can be taken from the podcast hosting service) to the end of the URL. The include statement should look like the following:

    <!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=3&size=3&title=1&date=0&desc=1&button=2&inbody=1&forhome=0&titlelink=1&nopad=0&linkhide=0&althead=1&url="-->

    The above code will display the below feed:

    Season 2 Episode #2 – Your TikTok Trauma Counsellor

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