Using BlogRush blog syndication network together with Joomla powered site

Is it possible to use BlogRush widget together with Joomla and increase usability of your site?

The answer is: Yes, if you are using RSS features of Joomla and configured your blog within Joomla software.

In general, you have to configure settings for Syndicate (core component) that could be accessed from Component menu of Administration panel. This component will generate code, compatible with different RSS standards. You also have to enable and configure module mod_rssfeed. This module would display links to your feed (buttons with RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and etc labels) on selected pages. You can select pages where you want links to be displayed while configuring mod_rssfeed module.

There is one limitation for core Syndicate component. It can display only Front Page items in your Joomla RSS feed. You can use additional components from Joomla extensions directory to overcome this drawback.

Then you should visit BlogRush site to register your blog with them. Click on your RSS feed buttons (orange buttons with RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and etc labels) to figure out Feed URL that you should enter in BlogRush registration form.

BlogRush would show javascript code after registration is complete. That code should be inserted into Joomla.

You have a couple of options to do this:

  1. Insert BlogRush javascript code into Joomla template. I don't recommend doing this, because you would not be able to configure pages where you would like to display BlogRush widget.
  2. Use BlogRush module for Joomla that you can find in Joomla extensions directory.
  3. Use mod_html module that allows inserting any javascript code into mod_html position.

I'm using the third option. Install mod_html module if your haven't done this before, insert BlogRush javascript code into it and configure pages you'd like BlogRush to show up.

You can see BlogRush widget on this site under left menu. Your widget will show up after your blog approval. Until then, small BlogRush logo would be displayed instead of BlogRush widget.

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