Dress up your output with CSS

Now you can see how the output of RSS content generated by Feed2JS can be customized by applying different style sheets. Each part of the feed has an identifier, allowing you to add styles to the box containing the feeds, the title, the item display, and the date posting text.

Play with some styles provided, modify to create your own. See below for tips on how to use the styles in your own web pages.

Try on a Style Sheet

URL Enter the web address for the RSS Feed to "stylize"; if you do not have one handy, you can use the one from CogDogBlog.

Style Selector
These are but a few style varieties to sample- you are invited to modify or create your own. For a blank slate, select the none/template style. For one with no bullets or indents on the list items, then No Bullets is for you.

Using a Style Sheet

You will need to incorporate the CSS code or linkage in your own HTML files; there are two ways you can do this:

  1. Insert the CSS directly into the HTML for the page that will display the feed. This methods is best for sites that only are displaying the feed on one or a few pages. Use the form below to find the style you desire, copy the CSS, and paste it somewhere into the <HEAD>...</HEAD> of your HTML file that contains the Feed2JS code, surrounded by the <style>...</style> tags shown below.
    <style type="text/css"  media="all">
    
    <!--  this is where you paste the CSS provided by the form below -->
    
    </style>
  2. Link to an external style sheet. This method is best if you will be using the feeds on multiple pages, as the CSS is stored externally, and thus allows you to change the output display of many pages by editing a single file. Just copy the CSS provided by the form below, and paste it into a new text file. Save it as something called "myfeed.css". Think smart about where you decided to store this file, as other HTML pages that call it need to define a correct path to the file. Many web sites just create a top level directory named style and store all style sheet files in this directory.

    Regardless, to connect the HTML file that contains the Feed2JS code to an external style sheet, insert this line into the <HEAD>...</HEAD> of your HTML.
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style/myfeed.css" media="all">
    
    Remember again that the value of href= must be a correct relative path (or a full valid URL such as http://www.blah.com/style/myfeed.css) from the HTML file to the CSS file.

CSS classes

This sketch represents the CSS classes created by Feed2JS.

For any RSS 2.0 feeds with podcast enclosures, Feed2JS will provide a Play XXX link, where "XXX" is the extension of the media file, e.g. "mp3", "m4a", etc. The styles applied are modeled after Well Styled's Inline Buttons method.

<div class="pod-play-box">
<a class="pod-play" href="podcastURL"><em>Play</em><span> File</span></a>
</div>

Custom colors may be achieved by editing appropriate foreground and background colors from the base styles (emphasized below):

.pod-play {
   _width:12em;
   margin: 0 0.2em; padding: 0.1em 0; _padding:0;
   
   white-space:nowrap;
   text-decoration: none;
   vertical-align:middle;
   background: #fb6;
   color: black;
   }
.pod-play em {
   _width:1em; _cursor:hand;
   font-style: normal;
   margin:0; padding: 0.1em 0.5em;
   background: white;
   color: #222;  
   }
.pod-play span {
   _width:1em; _cursor:hand;
   margin:0; padding: 0.1em 0.5em 0.1em 0.3em;
   }
.pod-play:hover {
   background: #666;
   color: white;  
   }
.pod-play:hover em {
   background: black;
   color: white  
   }
 

Advanced: Two Styles in One Page

If you have more than one feed displayed per page, you can assign different styles to each display. You will need a solid understanding of CSS and inheritance to get this to work!.

By supplying a value for CSS Custom Class in the build form you can now create different top level classes. The value passed will create a CSS class named rss-box-XXXX where XXXX is this value. This implies that you may have to define more specific classes for the other classes listed above, or use the top level rss-box-XXXX classes to say define a different background color.

See our two examples:


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