Configuring Mercury Reader Blocks


This page details the common ways that blocks are configured to take full advantage of Mercury's rich feature-set.

Show only Current Events in a Block

  • When you create a feed in, be sure to set Event Start Date to the following:
    • "Is greater than or equal to"
    • "now"

New events not showing?

If you notice your front page's events are out of date, add “?clearcache=1” to the end of the URL in the address box of your browser, so you have

Selecting Specific Mercury Items in a Block

Create a page or add a block, You will see a pair of boxes on the page edit form: "Feed ID," and "Maximum items." 

  • Feed ID: The feed ID is the five- or six-digit number shown in the URL when viewing a feed. You can find this within Mercury at, for a feed that you or someone else has created. For example, the Georgia Tech homepage feed is available at, and the feed ID is 42142. You are not required to have a Mercury account to include feeds on your site. If you do not have an account and wish to display an existing feed, contact the administrator of that feed to get the ID number.
  • Maximum items: The maximum number of items you wish to display, or 0 for unlimited.

When you save the page, you should see the feed items listed below the body copy, if there is any. Each title will link to the full item at /hg/item/item-ID.

Re-order or Reverse events

If you notice your block or page is showing events backwards, check the "Reverse sort" checkbox on the Mercury configuration form.