Automate the population and creation of content in your community
Using RSS feeds on Honeycommb, you can automatically publish content directly to a group or a profile inside your community.
In this article, we'll cover:
About RSS Feeds
Honeycommb currently supports the following types of RSS feeds:
- RSS 1
- RSS 2
How It Works
- Every 30 minutes, Honeycommb will go and fetch the new content from the feed if there is new content.
- Honeycommb will pull the first image in the post from that RSS feed if there is an image.
- Honeycommb won't import any HTML from the feed that is pulled from.
How To Configure RSS Feeds
1. Head over to your "Web Feeds" section in the control center
2. Specify the user that you'd like to publish content as
2. If you'd like, add a group to publish to:
3. Insert the URL for your RSS feed:
4. Check the "Acknowledge" box to acknowledge that you have the proper rights to syndicate content from this feed and/or that you assume content publishing duty from this content.
Best Practices for RSS feeds
A few tips and tricks to think about as you decide to pick an RSS feed publisher.
Avoid Getting Too Noisy
Your RSS feeds can get noisy, naturally using this as a feature means that content is going to auto-pull from an external source. In doing this, it could easily create an overwhelming content experience -- and you want to avoid that. So, be sure that whatever RSS feed toolset you opt to leverage isn't just publishing content for the sake of publishing content, but adding value consistently!
Ensure You're Always Adding Value
RSS feeds can be a great tool or a harmful tool. In everything that you do, your goal should be to add value to the community and user experience. Don't just publish content via an RSS feed because you don't have content, it's important that the purpose of your RSS feed is to add meaningful content for discussions and conversations to your network!
Create A Separate Account / Profile to Publish From
Don't use an account (i.e. your admin account or leader account) to publish your RSS feed content. Because this is automated and there could be a LOT of that content, make sure to give people the option to unfollow or block that account. In doing this, you can ensure that they'll still get the content from your admin account.
Intended Behavior of RSS Feeds
The following describe the intended behavior for RSS feeds.