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SharePoint: How to display blog feed using XML Web Part?

I wanted to show our company's blog feed on our intranet first page. There some empty space I wanted to fill somehow. I found a good solution, so there was no need for some third-party Web Parts. Also there was no need to write any additional code.


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Brian said:

I don't see the error message anymore but I only see a bullet and don't see the content of the feed.  

# January 16, 2008 5:18 PM

DigiMortal said:

Hi Brian!

There are different versions of RSS and other feed formats. My example should work with RSS 2. If you need wider support for feed formats you can replace this XSL with more complete XSL that can handle many different formats.

# January 17, 2008 5:20 AM

Brian said:

Hi Gunnar,

Thanks for your replay.

# January 17, 2008 11:06 AM

DigiMortal said:

You should insert full URL of feed.

# April 29, 2008 4:46 PM

Irene said:

Thanks. helped me out alot.

# July 1, 2008 5:36 PM

Chris said:

Thanks for this tip. Just tried it out and it worked perfectly!

# September 8, 2008 1:12 AM

Vinicius Paluch said:


I also had a problem "Webpart content expired". This issue was resolved by adding proxy configurations to my web.config.

Thanks for the helpful tutorial.

# October 28, 2008 3:26 PM

Mark said:

I'm having a problem like Walter Parrish above. The URL to the feed doesn't end in .xml, it's listview.aspx?List={GUID} instead. (It's a blog within the Sharepoint Site) When I click test link, IE7 renders the feed properly, but when I click OK in the edit shared web part box, I get the same "Cannot retrieve the URL specified in the XML Link property. For more assistance, contact your site administrator." error message as Walter Parrish.

# November 3, 2008 6:28 PM

Matt Moore said:

Thanks, it worked!

# November 6, 2008 7:07 PM

David said:


thanks, works fine.

i have only one question. how can i create limit for dislpayed RSS items?

# January 14, 2009 9:07 AM

DigiMortal said:

To create a limit you need some xsl hacking here. Take look at <a href="">Parvez's Wing of the Gallery of Stupid XSL and XSLT Tricks</a>, this page may help you limiting count of items shown.

# January 19, 2009 4:33 PM

dimcho tsanov said:

nice artical , thanks

# March 30, 2009 7:29 AM

Sherry said:

Hi, I created the XLS webpart and copied the XSL scripts but got the error 'Failed to apply XSLT to the content.' Pls help. Thanks.

# May 25, 2009 4:26 AM

Stewart said:

Thanks much,

A big help.


# June 16, 2009 4:02 PM

Gav said:

Is it easy to restrict the number of entries the rss brings back? I had hoped to use it for a simple bbc news feed but it is bringing back about 30 entries which is shoving everything off the bottom of the page.

This is a great little article by the way, so simple. Many thanks for publishing.


# August 10, 2009 3:58 AM

Patrik said:


Is it possible to change to something else than bullets in the feed ?

# October 7, 2009 5:02 AM

DigiMortal said:

Hi Patrik!

Yes, it is possible. You have to change the XSL transform a little bit. That's it.

# October 7, 2009 8:48 AM

Charlie said:

Thanks for saying it is possible but how do you do it?

# October 27, 2009 10:41 PM

lvirden said:

When I try the original XSLT on this page, I get an error saying failed to apply xslt to content. Then I tried Matt D's xslt, and I get the error The XSL specified by the XSL property or XSL Link property is not valid, or the XSL file cannot be accessed. Make sure you have specified a valid XSL style sheet for this Web Part, or if the XSL file is linked that it can be accessed by the server. For assistance, contact your site administrator. More about making XSL files accessible

The RSS feed in question is a twitter feed. Is there something unique about them?

# November 10, 2009 3:11 PM

MGeijsberts said:

Matt :D's xslt to limit the number of items displayed works! Just be sure to write out the full link to

Thanks for this tip!

# November 17, 2009 10:48 AM

Joel said:

I'm interested in using this to display recent images from a Flickr pool in Sharepoint.  I've got the code that Matt :D provided to work, and it looks quite good.  However, I haven't had any luck modifying it to be able to pull the url attribute from each item's media:thumbnail.

# November 17, 2009 2:26 PM

DigiMortal said:

Define media namespace also in your XSL file. This way XSL is able to "see" this namespace.

# January 22, 2010 2:43 PM

paul said:

@diimortal: Can you clarify "Define media namespace also in your XSL file. This way XSL is able to "see" this namespace"? I have the same issue.

# February 18, 2010 8:10 AM

DigiMortal said:

Hi Paul!

If you want to use elements from namespaces that are not dfined in your XSL you must add definitions of these namespaces to your XSL file.

If your XML contains tag like mymedia:imageurl then you have to add mymedia namespace also to your XSL file.

# February 18, 2010 8:47 AM

Acinnina said:

мне кажется: бесподобно.  а82ч

# February 22, 2010 1:58 PM

dotnetguts said:

Yuhoooo!!! I found this.

Thanks a ton, you made my day.

# February 23, 2010 12:01 AM

Rick said:


I keep getting 'The Web Part has timed out' message.

Any further help would be most appreciated.


# March 9, 2010 6:46 AM

Jason said:

Worked great!

Any way to force these links to open in a new tab/page?

# August 23, 2010 4:04 PM

Blanca said:

Any way to force these links to open in a new tab/page?

# August 30, 2010 5:38 PM

DigiMortal said:

Blanca, instead of

<a href="{$item_link}" title="{$item_title}">


<a href="{$item_link}" title="{$item_title}" target="_blank">

# August 30, 2010 8:13 PM

Asanka said:

This is an excellent post mate...

What if I have some kind of a requirement like this...

To display a thumbnail of each blog post with some description and have some paging capability to go through numbers and see some small part of the actual blog post.

Any idea...


# September 21, 2010 5:50 AM

Christy said:

I'm having the same issue as Max.  

Anon. Access is turned on, yet I am still receiving the "Cannot retrieve the URL specified in the XML Link property. For more assistance, contact your site administrator" error message.  

Anyone have any ideas?

# September 28, 2010 1:07 PM

cg said:

excellent.  thanks.

# October 1, 2010 3:31 PM

jdoe said:

Hi, I need help. Trying to create a xml blog with a menu (repeater) that shows post number and dynamically changes(datalist) based on category clicked . Any help would be appreciated. It has to be XML and I don't want to use other bloated blog applications. Just a simple example one page.

# November 6, 2010 10:22 AM

Nilesh PATIL said:

Issue Solve :

"Cannot retrieve the URL specified in the XML Link property. For more assistance, contact your site administrator" error message.

Ans:When You Test Link, Default  it take Https:// Redirect Your URL  With Http://

# May 5, 2011 7:28 AM

John Paul Handrigan said:

This was just what I needed! Thank you.

# August 3, 2011 12:27 PM

gds said:

works great : thanx a lot

# September 14, 2011 9:53 AM

v.arunkarthik said:

how do i consume my blog's rss feeds in my site..

# September 15, 2011 7:54 AM

dejan said:

How do I gett letters like Č,Š, Ž inside.

it is windows-1250 tabels.

# September 21, 2011 9:52 AM

DigiMortal said:

Easiest way without coding something should be using XML with different character set. Other option is to download XML to server, make conversions and then produce output.

# September 21, 2011 6:28 PM

Ama said:

I am getting an error "Failed to apply XSLT to the content."

Test link is working fine.

Any Idea?

# October 18, 2011 9:50 AM

Emiliano said:

HEy, this is a great tool! But i'm getting "Failed to apply XSLT to the content." Could you help me?

# November 3, 2011 9:29 AM

MrB said:

Great - works a treat

# July 13, 2012 7:04 AM