Sorry for the silence. It turned out that one the other Telerik folks have replied 5 months ago, but his reply was not approved up to this date by mistake. For the benefit of the community, I am pasting his response below (in italics
I am really sorry for all the members who haven't receive a response on this really popular feature of Sitefinity.
@Justin - good luck with the CMS project you choose and we owe you one for deploying our response on this thread. For quick response you can reply to firstname.lastname@example.org or use our support services.
Below is the reply which got stacked in awaiting approval mode for 5 month. I hope it helps:
The process of creating and using Feeds in Sitefinity can be described in 4 steps:
In general the Sitefinity Feeds functionality is a powerful tool allowing you to fetch data and publish it in different formats.
- You need to choose a title and description for this feed.
- You have option to change the data structure of the feed you are creating and in which the incoming data will be pulled. For example if you are aware that the incoming data has additional field or you don't need some of its fields you can add/remove fields. Also you can change the fields properties including its data type etc.
- Next you need to choose from where to pull the data. It can be your internal Sitefinity module or external RSS/Atom feed. In this step you also need to map the fields of the data structure that you created in step 2 and the type from which you are pulling your data.
- The final step is to choose what to do with the data. You can publish the data as RSS feed, Twitter feed or to transform this feed to other Sitefinity content type which is a very powerful technique that allows you to actually convert one Sitefinity content type to another. And example of this is that you can pull the content of one of your blogs and choose some fields and publish the data as news items.
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