There’s an easy way to get your website’s / blog’s / podcast’s content onto your Social Wall: if you syndicate it with a standard RSS/ATOM-Feed, you’re good to go!
To add an RSS feed to your Walls.io social wall, just go to Settings > Sources and choose RSS from the social media sources drop-down, paste your RSS feed URL and add filters if you need to.
Your Blog on Walls.io
All paid Walls.io plans offer the ability to include RSS feeds in your channel settings: Just copy/paste the URL to your feed, add it as a Source of type RSS in your Wall’s settings and a minute later current blog posts will appear on your wall.
The limit of “sources per social network” defines how many different feeds you can add to your Wall – check our feature matrix for details.
Not sure what the URL of your feed is? Normally, it’s the domain of your blog followed by “/feed” (e.g. blog.walls.io/feed) or “/rss” (e.g. blog.walls.io/rss).
When adding RSS sources to your wall, Walls.io will usually only display posts that aren’t older than 24 hours, but you can use the “Moderate” feature to show older posts as well.
Which content does Walls.io import from your feed?
In general, a standard Feed should always work out fine as we built in a lot of background logic to make sense of the content your Feed provides and display it beautifully on your Wall. This is an example from the Walls.io blog:
In case things don't work out, make sure the respective content is provided in your Feed in the tags mentioned below:
- The name of the article's author: <author> or <name>
- The user image for the posts: <logo>
- The post's date: <updated>
- The post's text: <title> or <summary>
- The link to the post: <link>
- The image for the post: <enclosure>
Optimising your WordPress RSS-Feed for Walls.io
The popular blogging system WordPress needs a little tweak in order for Walls.io to be able to display images to your posts:
Since WordPress doesn’t use <enclosure>-Tags in the feeds it generates, we built in the ability to infer images for your articles from their Open Graph tags. Whenever the tag og:image is set for a post, Walls.io will automatically import and display this image.
You can use the Jetpack plugin to generate Open Graph tags for your articles in WordPress easily.
Access your Wall's content as an RSS-Feed
You can use the Walls.io API (API access requires a Premium plan) to generate an RSS-Feed of content on your Wall.
Just activate API-access in your Wall’s Settings und you can access the RSS feed of your Wall's content through a URL like https://walls.io/api/posts.rss?access_token=…
Apart from including the data from the feed for use in other contexts, you can also use the Feed in combination with a Reader application/service (e.g. Feedly) to stay up to date about new content coming in to your Wall. This is especially useful if you enabled Manual Moderation and you don’t want to miss new posts as they come in.
Using third party services with your RSS-Feed
Using those services, you can automate how new content appearing on your Wall is processed in many ways.
Two examples our awesome customers came up with:
- Having new content of your Wall emailed to you
- Saving all images coming in to your Wall to a cloud storage service like Dropbox
The possibilities are just about endless here.