Headlines Plugin


This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Note: Syndic8.com ( http://www.syndic8.com/ ) is a good site listing many RSS feeds.

Syntax Rules


Parameter Explanation Default
"..." source of RSS feed; this can be an url (starting with http) or a web.topic location for internal feeds None; is required
href="..." (Alternative to above) N/A
refresh="60" Refresh rate in minutes for caching feed; "0" for no caching Global REFRESH setting
limit="12" Maximum number of items shown Global LIMIT setting
header Header. Can include these variables: - $channeltitle, $title: title of channel (channel.title)
- $channellink, $link: link of channel (channel.link)
- $channeldescription, $description: description (channel.description)
- $channeldate, $date: publication date of the channel (channel.pubDate)
- $rights: copyrights of the channel (channel.copyright)
- $imagetitle: title text for site (image.title)
- $imagelink: link for site (image.link)
- $imageurl: URL of image (image.url)
- $imagedescription: description of image (image.description)
Global HEADER setting
format Format of one item. Can include these variables:
- $title: news item title (item.title)
- $link: news item link (item.link)
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate, item.date)
- $category: the article category (item.category)
Global FORMAT setting

The header and format parameters might also use variables rendering the dc, image and content namespace information. Note, that only bits of interest have been implemented so far and those namespaces might not be implemented fully yet.

Rendering the dc namespace

The following variables are extracting the dc namespace info, that could be used in header and format. Nnote, that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formating parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is prefered over <dc:title> content </dc:title> .

  • $title: channel/article title (dc:title)
  • $creator: channel creator (dc:creator)
  • $subject: subject text; this will also add an image according to the subject hash list, see above (dc:subject)
  • $description: ... (dc:description)
  • $publisher: the channel/article publisher (dc:publisher)
  • $contributor: ... (dc:contributor)
  • $date: ... (dc:date)
  • $type: ... (dc:type)
  • $format: ... (dc:format)
  • $identifier: ... (dc:identifier)
  • $source: ... (dc:source)
  • $language: ... (dc:language)
  • $relation: ... (dc:relation)
  • $coverage: ... (dc: coverage)
  • $rights: ... (dc: rights)

Rendering the image namespace

An image:item is converted into an <img> tag using the following mappings:

  • src: image url (rdf:about attribute of the image.item tag)
  • alt: image title (title)
  • width: image width (image:width)
  • height: image height image:height)

Rendering the content namespace

The variable $content is refering to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.


Slashdot News


  header="*[[$link][$title]]:* $description" 
  format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog


%HEADLINES{"http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="3"}%

to get the latest postings on the "Business Opportunities" weblog:

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:50:04 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:50:04 +0000 Laurie B

I found it interesting to read in a Forbes Article that most people see learning and development opportunities as more important to them than attractive salaries, job security and even their job being interesting. So, it is vital that time, effort and ultimately money, are spent on training for your employees.

Providing training and development opportunities has always been very important in ensuring your work force remains effective and you harness the talent you have.  Though there are many ways to deliver learning in today’s connected world, the classics never die. Face to face training is still considered to be one of the most effective learning tools.

In my years of delivering Microsoft training courses onsite I have seen first-hand the benefits of showing up to a company's office to deliver a training course.

The Following List Are Some of the Main Advantages of Having An Onsite Trainer: 


More Control and Focus on your objectives

On-site training is focused on your company's objectives and is closed to anyone outside your own staff. This helps to keep the focus by allowing the training to only handle the topics your company and employees need to cover. With off-site courses, where people from several different companies attend, with different agendas, can ultimately result in some people walking away disappointed.

When delivering a class on site, the instructor can be very flexible to your needs for the session.   On occasion I have changed the agenda mid-point to make it more relevant to the attendees.  This cannot happen with off course training.

Because your staff is in their own environment, they tend to feel much more comfortable and confidant and open to asking questions during the session - which leads to a much more successful training event.

Decreased down time

When courses are held off site, attendees may have to travel. This can result to expensive hotel stays and travel expenses. On-site training eliminates this. Attendees are in their own office and this provides them with minimal down time and zero travel expenses for your business.

Empower your staff

Simply getting a group from the same company in to one room can help people get to know each other.  I have often witnessed people who work in the same building meet each other for the first time during a course.  Here people are in a relaxed environment and already open to new ideas. They are much more likely to open themselves up to new people and to find ways to help each other and work together - all resulting in a benefit for the business owner.

Cost effective

Onsite training is far cheaper in the long run because it is more likely to satisfy the aims of the company.  Course providers can offer courses less expensive because economies of scale are involved. In other words, for them to train at your facility is much less expensive than to have to market and train several different people at several different places. This savings gets passed on to you and your business.



How does on-site training work?

My experience of delivering on site is mainly in the form of Microsoft Excel courses and I have found the following are the most effective methods in the tool box.

  • Classroom based courses are usually delivered to a group of 8 people in a board or meeting room. This is suitable for a group of people who all require the same topics to be delivered.
  • One to one sessions are used when a group training course cannot be specific enough or the person requires more personal attention for either confidence building or to learn a more advanced subject in a targeted way.
  • Floor Walking involves the trainer to be available in the office to answer ad hoc questions during the course of a normal day. This training consultancy option isn't done as often as the other two methods, but can be effective due to it being very targeted and relevant to the person being helped.


So how do you get the most from onsite training?

  •  If you have specific needs talk to the people who will be delivering the course. You are buying an onsite course so to get the best from the sessions you should get a feel for what the trainer is like and tell them what you would like to achieve.  Usually an experienced trainer will have ideas to help you get the most from any sessions.
  • Schedule the training to fit around good times for employees. There is nothing worse than having to do a course during a busy time such as month end. The attendees will be far more relaxed if a quieter time is chosen.  Also if your working day is not 9-5 see if the trainer can work to your shift patterns.
  • Do not force people to attend training. This can make attendees feel rebellious and they do not take advantage of the day. If you let it be a choice for your staff, usually word of mouth, it is better.  I have delivered many Excel training courses where I have started with 4 people and ended with 8 due to my attendees spreading the word.  Your staff will more than likely see the training as a reward if you let them choose it for themselves.
  • Collect feedback from your staff after the course. This is really important for two reasons:
    • You can assess whether the training was a success. You can use any points gathered to let the trainer improve for any future sessions.
    • Your staff will see you are interested in their opinion and they will feel they make a difference which is always a good thing!

There is no doubt that on-site training can be of great value to both your employees and your business. Though there are other methods of learning, when it comes to keeping your employees happy, productive and feeling motivated, face to face training wins hands down.

Please feel free to contact CLICK HERE for more information or a quote for your business.

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:55:29 +0000 Laurie B

Starting a moving company can be a smart and lucrative endeavor for any entrepreneur who is willing to put in the work. An average family moves once every five to seven years, ensuring that this service will never become obsolete, and meaning that there is money to be made in the moving business.

But many aspiring business owners make the mistake of underestimating what it takes to have a successful moving company. It takes more than just a few strong backs and a big truck, but hey you have start somewhere. Whether you want to be a successful local moving company like, Moving Service Beaverton or a national interstate moving company like United Van Lines, you will have to start out small just like them.

Like any other startup, a moving company requires the same amount of preparation. That includes a business plan, research, and financing. You can start off by taking small jobs for low pay, which is how most amateurs start. But I would advise not to start without the proper insurance or licensing because it may lead to some lawsuits. Instead, be smart, do your homework on other successful moving companies, and make a business plan that aligns with their success. Get your movers license, insurance, and any permits you may need. Then get cracking on prospecting for business.

Livreur Step 1

Once you've acquired your licensing and official papers try to think of ways to set yourself apart from the competition. Unfortunately, the moving industry is saturated by amateurs who take any job they can get for low pay. Because they don't have a license, insurance, or any permits. Prospect and show your potential clients that you are the real deal. Don't make your business so linear. Offer a variety of services, like moving and storage for in between moves, packing, unpacking, or loading labor without the whole moving truck part, and moving your clients in or out of state. By offering a variety of services, it allows you to accommodate a wider range of customers.

Step 2

 Make sure you receive training. Moving and packing doesn't take too much brains, but there is a certain rhythm to it and you may learn a few tips or hacks. As we mentioned before, you want to separate yourself from the amateurs and training is something most moving companies overlook. In this business you handle other people's most valuable goods for a living, so you want to ensure that you're packing and loading the right way. As well, with the right training, you can train your employees, which will ensure that your movers are much more efficient, saving you time, space, and money.

Step 3

Every business starts out small, but as you develop you should plan to acquire adequate commercial space that will house your growing business. As time goes on your business will expand from one moving truck to five maybe even ten. If you have enough space, you can offer your customers storage in between moves.

Step 4

Next is purchasing all of the tools and supplies that make your services possible. If you have received proper financing you will want to purchase a moving truck first. Then slap on your DOT sticker, any association logos, and make sure your truck has all of its papers and permits. Purchase all of your moving tools, such as dollies, back braces, packing supplies, shrink wrap, moving pads, and ramps. You can purchase additional boxes and packing supplies to offer your customers as package kits to purchase.

Step 5

Contact an insurance company that can provide you with commercial insurance or business insurance and insurance that covers any damaged goods during a move. Every state has different requirements on movers insurance so it would be smart to research yours.

Step 6

Get your movers license and permits for your state or region. Contact your states Department of Transportation to obtain a DOT number. Additional licensing and registration maybe required depending on your state.



Step 7

Hire a crew or at least one other person to help you with labor. Put all of your employees through training, to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to packing and loading. If your moving truck requires special licensing to drive your make sure you have someone in your staff other than yourself, who is licensed to drive.

Step 8

The final step is purchasing a website that market's your company well. Giving an adequate description of your company and the services you offer. Make sure you provide information of cities you service, whether you are long distance, local movers, or both. Provide your viewers with your contact, insurance, licensing, and permit information. Many rouge moving companies will either have no website or they will have a website without a DOT number. Also, make sure your website can be used by your potential clients for help in planning their move. Provide them with a checklist or basic tips to moving.


Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:27:43 +0000 Laurie B

It's safe to say that owning a small business is, in fact, a big responsibility. More often than not, small business owners are the sole driving force behind their operations' day to day running. Or - if they're lucky - they're leading a small and dedicated team. This means time is precious - there are long days and longer nights, pouring everything and anything into the business. So any opportunity to increase productivity is welcomed with open arms.


Enter technology, where the shortcut to boosting your company's' output could be hidden right in your pocket! Smart phone apps designed to streamline, delegate, organise and save time are increasingly popular with small business owners.


Read on for the top five apps that will change your small business in a big way - appy' reading!

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  1. Tripit

If your business sends you on the road more often than not, then Tripit is just the ticket to help you save time! Travelling can be quite tricky, even for the most organised small business owner. In between keeping track of flight numbers, booking car hire and checking in to hotels, your itinerary can quickly become overwhelming. Tripit acts like an easily accessible travel agent. It files booking numbers, reminds you how long your layover is and assembles all necessary info in the one spot. This is particularly handy if you're travelling every week. Who needs a personal assistant when you have Tripit?



2. Expensify

Crunching numbers and filing expenses is a mundane and time-consuming task that can easily distract you (and your employees) from daily to-do lists and more important priorities. This is why your new favourite application is called Expensify. The app does everything you need to stay on top of your numbers game. Basically it captures receipts, tracks time sheets and travel documents. It then puts the information together to create an expense report. It can even be linked to your account in order to deposit the funds right back to your bank. Now that's expenses made easy! If you have a small team of salespeople and business travellers, this is a must-download.

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  1. Short

A big part of running a small business is staying relevant in your industry. It's crucial that you're across the latest trends, developments and ideas. Which sometimes means reading a lot of information all of the time. But that much reading isn't exactly realistic. Enter Short – an app that scans the best short articles from across your apps - like Pocket, Readability, ReadingPack – then filters them into bite sized portions (5 or 10 minutes). This way you can ensure you're keeping up with your favourite reads, without losing hours looking at long articles. There's even a reading progress bar at the stop so you always have the time in sight. Read what matters, and do it quick!


  1. Airtasker

Sometimes the key to getting more done, is to free up more time. Look to online marketplaces and apps like Airtasker to outsource household chores, business admin or any odd, menial task you don't have the time (and energy) for. Simply post a task, name your price and wait for a willing member in the community to offer a helping hand. Smart delegation is key to productivity and crucial for time-poor small business owners or entrepreneurs. Use the freed up time to invest back into your business or to enjoy quality down time. Maintaining a balance in both will be healthy for your wellbeing and sanity.


Apps on the Smart Phone in the Office

5. Slack

The ability to instantly communicate with your team is integral in the daily operation of a small business. Rather than relying on endless email chains, why not use a specially designed platform that will help streamline your communications? Slack allows users to have both public and private streams of conversation, in a collaborative online environment. It's also built to integrate with other apps - Twitter, Dropbox, Google Drive - for seamless access. The goal is to make working and collaborations simple, more pleasant and more productive. Basically it would be slack not to get your team across this tech wonder.

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %HEADLINESPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%. Note: Don't modify the settings here; copy and customize the settings in Main.TWikiPreferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Main.TWikiPreferences.

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in TWiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Disable caching: 0, default: 60
    • Set REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown. Default: 100
    • Set LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent, or fallback to TWiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20

  • Name of user agent. Default: TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADER = <div class="headlinesChannel"><div class="headlinesLogo"><img src="$imageurl" alt="$imagetitle" border="0" />%BR%</div><div class="headlinesTitle">$n---+!! <a href="$link">$title</a></div><div class="headlinesDate">$date</div><div class="headlinesDescription">$description</div><div class="headlinesRight">$rights</div></div>

  • Default format of one item: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set FORMAT = <div class="headlinesArticle"><div class="headlinesTitle"><a href="$link">$title</a></div>$n<span class="headlinesDate">$date</span> <span class="headlinesCreator"> $creator</span> <span class="headlinesSubject"> $subject </span>$n<div class="headlinesText"> $description</div></div>

  • Values taken from configure: (only supported if CPAN:LWP is installed)
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as "intra.example.com, bugs.example.com";

Style sheets

The default HEADER and FORMAT settings use the following styles. See the style.css file defining the default CSS properties (indentation illustrates enclosure).

  • headlinesRss: output of the HeadlinesPlugin (div)
    • headlinesChannel: channel header (div)
      • headlinesLogo: channel logo (div)
      • headlinesTitle: channel title (div)
      • headlinesDate: channel date (div)
      • headlinesDescription: channel description (div)
      • headlinesRight: channel copyright (div)
    • headlinesArticle: one news item (div)
      • headlinesTitle: article title (div)
      • headlinesDate: article date (span)
      • headlinesCreator: author of article (span)
      • headlinesSubject: subect category of the article (span)
      • headlinesText: article text (div)

Plugin Installation Instructions

  • Download the ZIP file
  • Unzip it in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.txt plugin topic
    pub/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css default css
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.pm plugin perl module
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm plugin core
    Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.
  • Optionally, run HeadlinesPlugin_installer.pl to automatically check and install other TWiki modules that this module depends on. You can also do this step manually.
  • Alternatively, manually make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved.
    Digest::MD5>=2.33Required. Download from CPAN:Digest::MD5
    LWP::UserAgent>=5.803Optional. Download from CPAN:LWP::UserAgent

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: v2.21 - 12 Feb 2009
Change History:  
12 Feb 2009: {PROXY}{HOST} supports domain with and without protocol -- Peter Thoeny
06 Feb 2009: added {PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} configure setting, added USERAGENTNAME plugin setting -- Peter Thoeny
11 Dec 2008: added {PROXY}{HOST} and {PROXY}{PORT} configure settings -- Peter Thoeny
13 Sep 2007: fixed parsing of content:encoded
23 Jul 2006: improved atom parser; if a posting has no title default to 'Untitled'
26 Apr 2006: added lazy compilation
10 Feb 2006: packaged using the TWiki:Plugins/BuildContrib; minor fixes
03 Feb 2006: off-by-one: limit="n" returned n+1 articles; make FORMAT and HEADER format strings more robust
23 Jan 2006: released v2.00
05 Dec 2005: internal feed urls must be absolute
02 Dec 2005: added web.topic shorthand for internal feeds
29 Nov 2005: fixed CDATA handling
21 Nov 2005: added ATOM support; extended RSS support; added dublin core support; added content support; optionally using LWP to fetch feeds to follow redirections; corrected CPAN dependencies ; recoding special chars from html integer to entity encoding to increase browser compatibility; added css support; use getWorkArea() if available
11 May 2005: TWiki:Main.WillNorris: added DevelopBranch compatability
31 Oct 2004: Fixed taint issue by TWiki:Main.AdrianWeiler; small performance improvement
29 Oct 2004: Fixed issue of external caching if mod_perl or SpeedyCGI is used
02 Aug 2002: Implemented caching of feeds, thanks to TWiki:Main/RobDuarte
11 Jun 2002: Initial version (V1.000)
Perl Version: 5.8
TWiki:Plugins/Benchmark: GoodStyle 100%, FormattedSearch 99.5%, HeadlinesPlugin 94%
Plugin Home: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 12 Jan 2009
-- TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum - 13 Sep 2007

Topic revision: r1 - 2009-02-13 - 03:55:45 - TWikiContributor
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