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  • How to use External Data Feed

    I have them enabled. How do I use em?
    http://www.hardwaregeeks.com

  • #2
    You use it like this:

    www.yourforums.com/external.php?type=[type]&forumids=[ids]

    Where [type] is either: (if you don't specify a type, it defaults to RSS)

    JS => Java Script
    XML => XML
    RSS => RSS

    And [forumids] are the list of forum id's you want out-putted. If you want basically the forum index, don't use this part, so:

    www.yourforums.com/external.php?type=[type]
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    • #3
      Can you use external.php to export post content as well?

      thanks!

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      • #4
        If you specify the [forumids] (see my first post) then you can get thread titles and thread URLs, but I don't think you can get post content.
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        • #5
          Thanks
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          • #6
            Step by step

            Excuse a complete beginner on this.

            If I want say the last couple thread titles on an external page, exactly what do I put in the page's code and where?

            If I have www.mydomain.com/index.html as the start page and have the forum at www.mydomain.com/forum/

            TIA

            /Anders
            Anders Pettersson
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            • #7
              I'd like to use RSS/XML/whatever, but have links to the threads. Possible?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by cyburbia
                I'd like to use RSS/XML/whatever, but have links to the threads. Possible?
                If you specify the [forumids] attribute, this is what you get as the RSS feed:

                PHP Code:
                <item>
                        <
                title><![CDATA[How Do You Find Music?]]></title>
                    <
                link>http://www.iris-studios.com/gkwc/showthread.php?t=916&amp;goto=newpost</link>
                        
                <description><![CDATA[ForumFalling Through The Surface
                Posted By
                daemon
                Post Time
                01-14-2004 at 01:46 AM]]></description>
                    </
                item
                So, yes; just specify the [forumids] tag. If you don't, you don't, you'll get the link to the last post for every forum (like the forum homepage).

                Anders, this would have to be done in PHP. You'd have to use the preg_replace() function to parse the data, and handle it that way.
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                • #9
                  Would I get anything if I change forumids to threadids?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by firenuts
                    Would I get anything if I change forumids to threadids?
                    Nope... only forumids.
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                    • #11
                      Is the feed system enabled for the vBulletin.com forums at this present time?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tannerman
                        Is the feed system enabled for the vBulletin.com forums at this present time?
                        Looks like they are. I just pulled the announcements forum into a RSS/XML document in IE.
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