Example of how a Simple Ticker Box looks like

rssinclude.com - Blog

Preprocess Google Calendar Feed - Blog

A common use case for our service is embedding a google calendar feed as box into a website. There is however one issue with those feeds: their entry date doesn't contain the event date - instead it's when the event was created (or last updated). You can work around that by adding &sortorder=ascending&orderby=starttime parameters - and use "natural" sort order in the rssinclude box options. This however doesn't work anymore if you try to combine multiple feeds and need to sort the events by date. Preprocessing the feed using a custom php script on your own server is an easy workaround for this. Basic knowledge about php should be enough to get this running. So if you have an Webserver where you can run custom php scripts, upload the following php script and use that script url as feed url in include.

Include a box in a facebook page - Blog

Update frequency restored - Blog

To have as fast as possible output of our boxes we can't fetch the used feed servers while generating the output. Some feed servers take 10sec+ to respond - and you certainly don't want to wait that long for the box. So we have a server farm running in background periodically checking feeds for updates. At the moment this causes around 30 updates per second. Some of those updates take up to 30 seconds until they time out. So you can imagine this required quite some resources. And that's why we have spread that load across multiple servers - including AWS Spot Instances - where you basically bid for server instances. Recently the price got too high for us and so the average feed age went up to 60 minutes. We now ordered a bunch of ordinary (non "cloud") VPS helping with the updates - and we are finally back to 30 minutes! Check the status page for the current feed age.