New feed aggregator for Midgard

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Midgard CMS has had an integrated RSS and Atom aggregator for several years. It has been used for both bringing simple news feeds to portal sites, and for Planet-like large-scale blog aggregation.

For MidCOM 2.6 I decided to overhaul the system, and implement some new ideas. Now instead of being cached by Magpie RSS, the news items are stored locally into the Midgard database and displayed by the regular news-handling component. This gives flexibility in presentation and better performance.

Feed management view

Feeds are now refreshed from hourly MidCOM cron, or manually. For Planet usage I’m also planning to add support for refreshing feeds based on weblog pings.

To get started with the aggregator, install both and net.nemein.rss, change the Enable creating news items from remote RSS and Atom feeds setting in configuration screen and start subscribing to feeds.

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