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Sidebar News 1.2

Adds a RSS news feed to your sidebar.

  1. AndyB
    Compatible XF Versions:
    • 1.2
    • 1.3
    • 1.4
    • 1.5

    Adds a RSS news feed to your sidebar.

    (Example of Sidebar News)


    (Example of Options page)


    1. Download sidebarnews_v1.2.zip and unzip it.
    2. Upload the Andy folder to your server. The correct location is library/Andy.
    3. From your Admin Control Panel, go to the "Install Add-on" page.
    4. Upload the addon-SidebarNews_v1.2.xml file
    5. Click the Install Add-on button.

    The Sidebar News add-on requires the following two add-ons:




    Setup step 1:

    Edit the andy_sidebar_extra_one template like this:

    <xen:if is="{$visitor.permissions.sidebarExtraOneGroupID.sidebarExtraOneID}">
    <xen:require css="andy_sidebar_extra_one.css" />
    <div class="section">
    <div class="secondaryContent">
    <h3>{xen:phrase sidebarextraone_title}</h3>
    <xen:if is="{$sidebarNewsResults}">
        <xen:foreach loop="$sidebarNewsResults" value="$result">
            <div class="sidebar_news_row">
            <div class="sidebar_news_title"><a href="{$result.link}" target="_blank">{$result.title}</a></div>
            <div class="sidebar_news_date">{$result.sidebar_news_date}</div>
            <div class="sidebar_news_desc">{xen:raw $result.description}</div>
            <div class="line"></div>

    Setup step 2:

    Edit the andy_sidebar_extra_one.css template like this:

        border-bottom: 1px solid @primaryLighterStill;
        padding: 10px 0px 0px 0px;
    .sidebar_news_title a
        color: @primaryMedium;
        padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
    .sidebar_news_date {
        color: @mutedTextColor;
        padding: 0px 0px 10px 0px;
        color: @mutedTextColor;
        padding: 0px 0px 10px 0px;

    Setup step 3:
    1. Enter the information into the Sidebar News options page.
    2. Set appropriate Group Permissions to "Allow" for the Sidebar Extra One add-on.
    3. Set the Sidebar Position Options page to the position you want the sidebar block to show.
    4. Edit the sidebarextraone_title phrase.
    Questions and Answers:

    Q: I'm already using the Sidebar Extra One add-on for another sidebar block, can I use one of the other Sidebar Extra add-ons?
    A: Yes.

    Q: I added my RSS feed link to the Options but nothing shows in the sidebar.
    A: There is a Cron Entry which runs every hour which updates the Sidebar News. You can run the Sidebar News Cron manually for testing purposes.​

    Database table:

    This add-on creates a table called xf_sidebar_new in your database.

    Sending a donation:

    If you like this add-on, please consider sending a small donation.


    Thank you.

Recent Updates

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Recent Reviews

  1. Sam F
    Sam F
    Version: 1.1
    POWERFUL Great Add-on, it’s a great feature which I love, talking about making your forum stand out, feel professional by having the latest new being displayed on your forum daily, how cool is that! What can I say, Andy you sure do make my life a lot easier, your attention to detail is impressive. Keep up the great work! Without some of your add-on’s our forum would not be as active as it has become. Nor would it be such a cool forum to belong. Thanks for the countless hrs of hard work you have put into all your add-on’s.
  2. AndreaMarucci
    Version: 1.1
    Another example of a masterpiece from Andy. I'm using this to display my blog feed on my forum and it works absolutely well!