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Sidebar News

[Free Add-on ] Sidebar News 1.2

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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_v1.1.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_v1.1.xml file
  5. Click the Install Add-on button.

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

Sidebar Positions


Sidebar Extra One

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.

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. My PayPal email address provided upon request via Private Conversation.

Thank you.
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Latest updates

  1. See description

    On Nov 16, 2015 version 1.1 of this add-on was released to address an exploitable SQL injection...
  2. Sidebar News 1.2 : See description

    Sidebar News v1.2 changes: Added code to remove emoticons from RSS feed descriptions.

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