Jean-Philippe Doyle (j15e)

Developer, homebrewer & more

CakePHP ; dynamic RSS management

17 Mar 2008

How to deal with multiple dynamic RSS feeds?

I used 2 objects to manage my RSS, one to store them (component) and one to help displaying them (helper).

  1. Create a component to manage them
  2. Create an helper to display them (meta-tags and HTML links)


Let's create a simple component that will allow us to add RSS within our controllers.

class FeedsListComponent extends Object {

    private $feeds = array();

    function startup() {

    function add($title,$url,$link=true) {
       $this->feeds[] = array($title,$url,$link);

    function feeds() {
       return $this->feeds;

Exemple of usage :

$this->FeedsList->add('All news','/news/.rss');
$this->FeedsList->add('Canada news','/news/canada.rss');

The third argument is optional and specify whether or not the link should be automatically listed on the page.

Now you may either

You may add the FeedsList component in the app controller so you can access it from all controllers.


An helpter will help display feeds metas and html links.

class FeedsListHelper extends AppHelper {

    var $helpers = array('Html');

    function metas($feeds){
        foreach($feeds as $feed)
            $meta .= $this->Html->meta('rss', $feed[1], array('title' => $feed[0]));
        return $meta;

    function links($feeds){
        foreach($feeds as $feed) if($feed[2]) $links .= '
            <div class="rssFeed"">
            <a href="'.$feed[1].'" title="'.$feed[0].'">
            <img src="/img/feed-icon-14x14.png" alt="'.$feed[0].'" /></a>
            <a href="'.$feed[1].'" title="'.$feed[0].'">'.$feed[0].'</a>
        return $links;


You can then use the 2 helper's functions in your layout/views, providing the FeedList array :

echo $feedList->metas($feeds);
echo $feedList->links($feeds);

or directly writing a feed title and url :

echo $feedList->links(array(array('All news','/news.rss',true)));