October 28, 2009

Personalize Your Portal Homepage

One of the new features on the upgraded IDEA Portal 2.0 is a customizable RSS news reader or aggregator. You can use this new feature to get the latest industry headlines and a summary of IDEA news and educational articles. Find out more and learn how you can add RSS feeds and Quick Links to personalize your homepage.

What is RSS?

RSS (abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works (e.g. news headlines, articles, blog entries, audio and video) in a standardized format. An RSS feed provides full or summarized content from a website or section(s) of a website. The content header links back to the original location of the published content on the web.

RSS feeds permit “subscription” to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal (like the new IDEA Portal 2.0), news reader or email. Feeds also make it possible for site content to be packaged into “widgets”, “gadgets”, mobile devices, and other bite-sized technologies that make it possible to display the content just about anywhere.

What are the benefits of RSS on the Portal homepage?

The IDEA Portal 2.0 homepage acts as an RSS news reader or aggregator. It allows customers to consolidate a collection of RSS feeds that are important to them. You can use it to consume more knowledge in less time by accessing all your favorite news in one location. This helps you save time and minimize email inbox clutter.

The homepage automatically displays the IDEA news RSS feed and NEMA and NAED blog entries. Customers have the option to add RSS feeds of their choice by using the “My RSS Feeds” feature (See screenshot below for an example).

How can you personalize your Portal homepage with RSS?

You can add additional RSS feeds to personalize your portal homepage by following these steps:

  1. Log in to the Portal with your user name and password
    Click on “My Account” in the menu bar
  2. Click on “RSS” in the “My Account” menu bar
  3. Visit a website of interest to find the RSS feed – Hint: if an RSS feed is found on the page, the RSS icon (see image to the right) should display in the menu bar of your browser
  4. Click on the RSS feed link of the website
  5. Copy the URL of the RSS feed
  6. Paste the URL of the RSS feed in the space provided in the portal under My Account>RSS
  7. Type in a name of the RSS feed below the URL so that you can easily locate the RSS feed on your homepage
  8. Click the “Add” button

Now when you go back to your Portal homepage, the RSS feed you added should be displayed under the heading “My RSS Feeds”. All you need to do is click on the orange arrow and plus sign next to the RSS feed name to expand and contract the content.

Another way to personalize:

You can also add Quick Links or shortcuts to the orange sidebar of your Portal homepage by visiting My Account>Quick Links and entering the URL and name of the webpage shortcut you want to create.

Please contact your account manager or email accountmanager@idea-esolutions.com if you are unable to log in to the portal or if you have any questions about personalizing your portal homepage.

Read more about the upgraded IDEA Portal 2.0

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