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 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="{$}" target="_blank">{$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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