rss Factory 1.0 is the follow-up of the later RSSReader2 - a well known Joomla Component provided by

We, Skepsis Consult aquired last fall Softmarket in order to add professional Joomla knowledge to our Company. All our products can now be found in our shop under We did set the new download location and pushed the component to its next version.

In the previous life as RSSReader2, our component had over 7000 downloads, and is indexed in Google in over 750 sites!

If you decide to choose the relevant topics, RSS Feeds are simple and clean ways to direct genuine traffic towards your site. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.


Since the “old days”, the rssFactory contained a lot of features. Such as, the most outstanding listings that we can count:

  • Easy install and uninstall
  • The component is based on MagpieRSS and supports  RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, the various Userland RSS verions (0.9x and 2.0); additionally it supports Atom 0.3, and many custom RSS namespaces
  • RSS categories – an easy way to categorize your feeds, and group them by specific topics
  • Session based tracking of already readed news (Feeds will appear “unchecked” if they have already been read)
  • Ad Banners and Adsense integration
  • Customized output styles; all easy manageable through configuration
  • Automatic unpublishing of erronous feeds
  • Refresh of feeds in CRON
  • Easy CSS customization
  • Easy Search through Feeds

What’s new? Well there is a lot...

  • Several code optimizations and bug fixing
  • Automatic refresh of feeds though a pseudo-CRON process
  • Preview of  feeds in Category list (optional)
  • Added Tabbed viewstyle to the available styles
  • Date format customization
  • FAVICONS for feeds (pulled from the feedsite or custom uploaded)
  • Color customization of overlib Output (althou could be overriden by your template)
  • Font size customization for overlib Output
  • Automatic version check – you can see if a new version is available
  • Improved Category management
  • Refresh of feeds using AJAX (admin side only)
  • Automatic installation of module and mambot
  • New SEARCH mambot (allowes you to search through feeds along with searching through content)
  • Backup and Restore of feeds
  • Import feeds from CSV Files
  • and many other features...

Known limitations:

  • Problems with some UTF-8 feeds if your site uses ISO encoding
  • There are some problems inserting Google Adsense code in TinyMCE WISIWYG editor; bypass it by switching WISIWYG editor off, changing the add content, then switching it back on.


  • refresh RSS feeds using CRON (if your hosting supports CRON jobs): 

lynx -accept_all_cookies -dump 'http://[HereYourSiteName]/index.php?option=com_rssfactory&task=refresh&password= [HereYourPass]'

  • You can set up the component to use autorefresh, by using the pseudocron option of the component.


For more Information, Configuration Guide or FAQ's, please visit our Support page or search our forums.

 Release date: Apr 22, 2007.