Mercury Reader Installation

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The Communications Team at Georgia Tech developed a module, Mercury Reader (hg_reader), to provide turnkey access to importing news and events from Mercury into your Drupal site. If you just want a simple news or events page or pages, and you don't need to amend the data once it comes out of Mercury, Mercury Reader is a powerful ally.

Installation Instructions

Install the module as you typically install modules (upload to /sites/all/modules, enable on the module configuration page.)

Check module permissions to make sure the proper roles have access. The permission options include:

  • Administer Mercury Reader — A permission for users with a "Super Administrator" role (i.e., a role with access to advanced site configurations)
  • Manage Mercury Nodes — A permission for users with an "Editor" role (i.e., a user who does typical content management tasks)

Next, either select an existing content type to serve as your "Mercury" content type, or create a new content type, and select the checkbox under Mercury settings of the content type's configuration settings.

Create a new node of your Mercury content type, and provide the Feed ID number for your Mercury feed in the Mercury settings field set. You can also specify how many items to display from your feed. The Feed ID number for your feed is part of the URL for your feed in Mercury (i.e., for the URL http://hg.gatech.edu/node/1234 the feed ID would be "1234.") Save the node and you should now see Mercury items from your feed appear the body of the node.