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Aggregating RSS feeds with Drupal

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One of the greatest opportunities available to Web-based communities is the ability to share information. All you really need is a set of guidelines for how that information is to be presented, and once you have that, the rest is easy. So easy in fact that it is now possible for you to include news and articles of interest on your site from many well-known sources with just a few clicks.

What makes it so easy to include other people's news, documents, articles, or any other content easy is a standard called Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication (RSS). This allows aggregators (programs that consume RSS feeds) to understand how to present content on Web pages because of the way in which the RSS feed is structured. Drupal comes with one of these aggregators built in — simply enable it in the modules section under administer, and you will find that a few extra menu items pop up, allowing you to administer and view the content once it has been added.

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