Carpe Diem wrote:
I would like to ask a couple of things as I have several times decided to have some kind of a newsfeed on my forum but never got so far with it..
1. Does this mod allow you to set up a newsfeed system on an existing forum then?
Yes it does, either you tie it to an existing forum or add a new one simply for the Usenet Newsfeed
2. There are several such mods around, so do they all do the same thing in a similar way? For instance, the Moreover news and netclectic's FIND and so forth... I have no idea how or what to choose! This area (and probably the RPG/point/shop/bank mods!) are the fields I know the least about but sounds the most interesting to set up!
NewsSync is a very good software (although still in Beta). It allows you so post and reply to newsfeed directly from your forum. Other BB`s have similar functions although with NewsSync being a mod to PhpBB, this is a far better and will be more reliable then others (my personal opinion).
3. This CRON JOB which is required.. does it mean that I have to have shell access to the server root to do it? My forum will be hosted by a third party so does that mean that I'm screwed?!
Absolutly not, I have restricted shell access to my providers server, and can either create it via the command prompt or via the cPanel most WebProvider provide.
There is another way to do this is to insert a line of code at the bottom to the common.php file which will trigger a sync each time a user gets to your BB and only if that the last sync is older than 10 minutes by default.
I have it setup via a shell script called via a cron job. The line in the shell script is wget http://www.mydomain.com/newssync/newssync.php
4. Is this mod somehow compatible with some "fetch.post" script out there so that one could get the news headlines out to a portal?
I have no idea about that.
Sorry for my newbie questions, but I figure I should start somewhere to get a better clue of this one..
Many thx in advance!
Hope my response cleared some issues you had.