Last week I looked into a quick way of dashboarding RSS Feeds in to CRM. My results which can be found here, weren’t idea and I wanted to revisit my attempt to try and do a better job again without any hardcore development. Shai kindly left me some links to look at, and after setting up a new dashboard the resulting feeds are much much better! So another weekend, another attempt and heres the difference!
As you can see the second attempt at dashboarding has produced some much better results!
In the second attempt I have used all 4 of shai’s suggestions. After looking in to the products they all seem to work in similar ways, which is you provide the link to the feed. In return, the products provide a link to your feed through their site with the selected formatting, or your CSS formatting. Awesome! That means the hardcore development I could have done to get this working is already done for me! Lets take each one in tern.
Its important to note that some of these feeds can be made to look a lot nicer through CSS. Whats import for this post, is the ability to see the RSS feed within the dashboard and to be given the tag to apply CSS to the feed. So I will not be applying CSS myself but I will note down where you might want to use it.
Top Left – https://www.rssinclude.com/
This is by far my favourite product out of the four. However, unfortunately this is also the one you have to pay a yearly subscription to for more than one feed or the use of a pretty feed style. You are required to create an account and then add your feed. You can then choose a style for your feed, all of which look very nice. After that the site offers you several ways of getting the styled feed on to your site. I went with the IFrame option and placed it directly on my dashboard.
Top Right – http://www.webrss.com/mysite.php
This is another site that requires you to sign up for their services, of which seem to be free. Again you add your feeds to the site which provides you with ways in which you can place the styled feed on to your site. The styling on this site isn’t predefined like in RSSinclude. Here we have to alter CSS and tweak certain options on or off. For example like Show / Hide Post Date. The result I got isn’t as good as RSSinclude but with more tweaking maybe I could get it looking a lot better. The great thing about WebRSS is that you can add multiple feeds and not be charged, but don’t forget to donate if they really help you out!
Bottom Left – http://rss.bloople.net/
Thank you Shai for providing links to viable solutions for displaying RSS Feeds in Dashboarding Feeds in MSCRM Part 1.