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How to Add RSS Items to Virto Calendar Web Part

Adding RSS feeds to your calendar will allow the ability to display global events of your company, other sites’ events and any other events in a single calendar. By adding information from external sources, you will be able to plan your daily, weekly or monthly events effectively.

If you have Virto Calendar Web Part installed and view the list of available data sources, you will not see RSS data source in the list. However, RSS uses a special XML-format for news feed, blogs and article announcements, and Virto Calendar Web Part supports XML data sources. With this method, RSS can be added as a data source to Virto Calendar.

Note: public access to RSS must be set on the server where SharePoint is installed.

Expand the “Data Source Settings” menu and click “Create New Source”.

Define the following parameters in the new block displayed:

Source Name Google News Data Source Xml file Path to xml file http://news.google.com/news?cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&topic=h&num=10&output=rss XPath string for calendar events //rss/channel/item XPath string for calendar event title title XPath string for calendar event start date pubDate XPath strings for calendar event tooltips description Source Name Google News

“pubDate” parameter is used as the event start date in the example and the event will have no end date. The result should be as follows:

The basic parameters are set. You can also define legend color in addition. Click “Save” to save the new data source and use “OK” to save the web part settings.

The new data source is ready. RSS feed items will now be added to your Virto Calendar.

So you can add RSS feeds to your Virto calendar in just a few steps. All you need to do is change the URL in Path to xml file field and you’re all set!