Getting started

Congratulations on getting this far! You've registered and you're logged in, so here's how to get the Parent Info feed onto your site.

Choose your feed

You need to choose between the Iframe and the RSS feeds. In both cases, you get a snapshot of the content (a headline and a summary for each article). Clicking on the headline will take users through to the full article on the Parent Info site.

  • IFrame feeds are easier to implement and don't require a Content Management System - you just copy and paste the code into a page and it will be updated automatically. However, you can't edit the content that appears within the iframe.
  • RSS feeds need to be processed by a Content Management System. Once the feed has been created on your site, you may have more control over individual articles and their appearance. Your CMS will need to check the Parent Info feed regularly for new content.

Iframe feed

The first step is to choose how much Parent Info content you want.

  • You might choose to take all articles. You do this on the Articles page by copying the code in the block to the right of the page (which you can see once you're logged in!) and pasting it into the area of your site where you've decided to host Parent Info content.
  • Or you might choose to exclude certain topics.You do this by selecting feeds for specific topics. Here you need to go to a Topics page (eg Digital) and copy and paste that code to your site.

Notes on using Iframes

The iframe contains only titles and summaries of articles. Clicking on the title will take readers to the Parent Info site to see the full article.

You can control how the iframe is positioned on your site, but you can't control the content within the iframe (once you've selected it). You can always change your mind, of course.

A full list of iframe attributes is available here. The default Parent Info iframe code uses CSS style to specify some basic presentation which the school can edit:

  • height: 500px – this should make the iframe high enough to show most items within the height of the web page; if not all items are visible there will be a vertical scroll bar
  • width: 100% – this makes the iframe take the full width available on the web page
  • border: 0 – this hides the iframe border and makes the content appear to be a seamless part of the web page

RSS feed

The first step is to choose what Parent Info content you want. 

  • You might choose to take all articles. You do this on the Articles page by copying the url from the 'Feeds for this topic' block to the top right of the page (once you're logged in!)
  • Or you might choose to select a specific topic - then you need to go to the articles topic page you want and copy the url from the 'Feeds for this topic' block (which you can see once you're logged in!)
  • In the content management system for your website, create a feed reader (sometimes called an aggregator) for each URL and then you can decide what you want to do with the content. You can publish as many or as few items as you like on your own site, and display it however suits you.

The RSS uses the standard fields: title, description and publication date. More fields may be available - please contact us at support@theparentzone.co.uk if you'd like to discuss more options.