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While the term source can have a variety of bespoke meanings depending on its application, a Vable Source is any individual web page or RSS feed tracked within the platform as well as Curated Feeds, comprised of articles handpicked by Client Administrators. This article will outline in more detail what types of Sources can be added to the platform as well as best practice advice when adding new content to Vable.
What is a Source?
In the most common instance, a Vable Source is any URL which contains a series of updates in the form of articles/content items on an individual web page or RSS feed. It is important to understand that a Vable Source is not an individual article or an entire website, although we may be tracking multiple pages or feeds from a website, each of which is a Source. The articles which are brought into the platform by a Source are then available to be searched against and used in Topics and Newsletters.
Secondarily, a Vable Source can also be a bespoke collection of articles, known as a Curated Feed. These feeds are comprised of articles hand-picked from among those on the Articles page in Vable or uploaded to the platform by an administrator. Article uploads can include files imported from your computer (e.g. PDF, Word, Excel documents) or article URLs from external websites.
Tips about the types of URLs to add to Vable
- We recommend tracking content found on RSS feeds (as opposed to web pages), where possible, as the formatting conventions allow for the most consistent experience and you will see content in Vable sooner due to the setup requirements for web pages. RSS feeds also are less likely to be subject to problems when websites are redesigned.
- Website home pages should not be added as Vable Sources unless the content you wish to track is only available from that single location. Blogs, for example, will typically always update new posts on the home page and thus are an exception to the standard.
- Web pages which do not display links to individual articles/content items are not trackable nor are pages which contain static links which will never update (e.g. an "About Us" page).
- If there is more than one page or feed on the website you want to track, for example the Technology News page and the Financial News page, add each URL to the Vable platform separately. This is also true for websites which list all available RSS feeds on a single page - the individual feeds should be added to the platform separately rather than adding the page which displays the list of feeds.
More Information about Managing Sources
On the Sources page, the default view is comprised of both Sources your organization has added to the platform and all those publicly available in Vable. Utilize the search bar at the top of the page and the filters on the left to easily locate Sources based on name, type or URL.
Sources can only be added, viewed and managed by administrators of the platform. End users will only see content from these Sources as they are used in a Topic or Newsletter to which they are subscribed.
Source Visibility: Public vs. Private
The Vable Source library is comprised of both publicly available RSS feeds and web pages (added to the platform by the Vable Content Team and clients) as well as private Sources, visible only to the specified organization.
Administrators have the ability to mark a Source private to their own organization when adding it to the platform, and each submission is reviewed for accuracy by the Vable Content Team. Private Sources include subscription-based links as well as Curated Feeds, created in the platform. Additionally, Vable Searches, Topics and emails routed into the platform are all private to individual organization accounts.
To quickly view all Sources from a specified grouping (public or private), use the Visibility filter on the left side in the Source Page. Select the + beside either Private or Public, depending on which group you want to view.