The "Database Feeds" is a helpful tool that allows you to add FAQs, News, Articles, Press Releases, Testimonials, etc. into your site.
You can accomplish this by creating your own HTML and adding the information on the content section; however, with the "Database Feeds," you can keep all your information organized and have the system generate the index, paging, sorting, summary, and next/previous links.
You can easily add new articles, delete outdated information or just update a specific record.
It also allows you to generate RSS feeds with the records.
Managing Database Feeds
To start creating a "Database Feeds" page you need to use an Extra Page. Using the left navigation, go to Content > Site Content and look towards the Extra Pages section on the right side.
You can either use an existing Extra Page, or you can add a new one using the +Add button at the top right. To edit an existing Extra Page, click on the Action > Content button located on the far right of the page you want to edit.
Check the "Use Database Feed " checkbox and click on the Save button at the top right. This action will enable the database feeds for the extra page.
Once the page is saved (as described above), you will have the following settings available to you:
Records per page:
Specified how many records you want to show per page. Pagination for the feeds will be automatically generated.
Specifies the template that will be used for the page.
When checked, this box will generate an index at the top of the Database Feed page with bookmarks to each of the records
Defines the default sorting for the records
title asc/title desc
Sorting will be determined by the title of the feed record (ascending or descending)
author asc/author desc
Sorting will be determined by the name of the author of the feed record (ascending or descending)
creation asc/creation desc
Sorting will be determined by the creation date of the feed record (ascending or descending)
expiration asc/expiration desc
Sorting will be determined by the expiration date of the feed record (ascending or descending)
The rest of the settings on the page will correspond to the normal extra page creation functionality outlined in our Site Content KB guide.
Create/Manage Database Feeds
We'll now describe how to create the database feeds.
After enabling the Database Feed option and clicking on the Save button (as described at the start of this article), you should now see a green Database Feed button on the page. To add a database feed record:
Click the green Database Feed button.
Click on the Add New button located at the top of the page.
For each record, you have the following fields:
This is the name of the record, it'll be used for the index, URL of the page, and the next/previous link.
This allows up to a max. of 250 characters and is displayed on the main Feeds page. Use it as a summary of the article.
Creation date for the feed. This can be used to sort the articles and is also included when using the RSS feeds.
Expiration date for the article. The feed will be only displayed until the specified date. If the information doesn't expire, then keep the same date as what you list for "Created on."
Specify the author of the record (optional).
Here's where you'll enter the full content of the feed. It can include HTML and will be displayed on the detail page of the feed.
Additional Field 1 through 5
These can be included on the page for additional information such as an icon, location, alttags, time, etc.
Click Save at the top of the page to add the new feed.
Displaying Database Feeds
The look of the page depends on the Style selected. Database feeds can display on two pages - the main page that provides the summary and the details page.
The main page
or summary will display the Titles, Short Descriptions, Creation Dates, Authors, and a link labeled "More Info" which will take the reader to the detail page. This page can also include the Index (when enabled), the paging and the RSS feed link.
The detail page
is accessed by clicking the "More Info" link on the summary page; this link is only displayed when the feed has content on the "Message" field. This page also includes the Next and Previous links to navigate through the different feeds.
RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a relatively easy way to distribute content on the Internet. It's useful in distributing messages to your customers while avoiding common spam filters. Typical uses include email newsletters and blogs. Similar to newsgroups, RSS feeds require special readers, which are available on many of today's popular browsers.
With the Database Feed function, you can create an RSS formatted link for your feed content.
Once the feed page is added in the Content >Site Content area as described above, go into the "Actions >Content" options of that page. You will need to be sure to click the 'Show Index' box. Once you do this, look at the "Target" box (located right above the database feed button) and select the "rss_reader" option.
The Database Feeds page will then dynamically generate via an RSS feed.
Terms and Conditions Page
Your Shift4Shop store comes with a default Terms And Conditions page. The default terms and conditions page is pre-populated with general content such as privacy policies, shipping policies, returns policies and more. To access:
Log into your Shift4Shop Online Store Manager.
Using the left navigation menu, go to Content >Site Content.
Locate the "Terms and Conditions" section and click on its Edit button.
While looking at the Terms and Conditions page, you will see a section labeled "Advanced" with some additional settings. If the settings for this section are not visible, click on the + icon to expand the section.
Click on the "Database Feed" link to view the feeds used on the page.
Make your desired changes (see below).
Terms and Conditions Generator
If you have removed your Terms and Conditions and need some assistance in creating them again, please visit our Terms and Conditions Generator located in the links below.
We also have similar generators for Privacy and Return Policies for your convenience.