SimplePie v1.2 & Google News Feed

Feed $items from produce a permalink that, when clicked, do not go directly to its respective news source.  Rather, a ‘Google Redirect Notice’ page appears with a direct link to the source.  You can read more about the notice here: Google Redirect Notice.

You can use PHP substr to return only a portion of a resulting permalink; namely, the direct link without the following:

Here is the sample code from the SimplePie documentation with the change (highlighted):

Here, we'll loop through all of the items in the feed, and $item represents the current item in the loop.
foreach ($feed->get_items() as $item):

<div class="item">
<h2><a href="<?php echo substr($item->get_permalink(), 54, -43); ?>"><?php echo $item->get_title(); ?></a></h2>
<p><?php echo $item->get_description(); ?></p>
<p><small>Posted on <?php echo $item->get_date('j F Y | g:i a'); ?></small></p>

<?php endforeach; ?>

This is only a quick fix that will break should the aforementioned permalink structure change.  For this reason, refer to the SimplePie get_permalink() documentation for more information.


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One Response to “SimplePie v1.2 & Google News Feed”

  1. Kramer Phillips Says:


    Great post. I am wondering if you have had problems with retrieving feeds from google news using simplepie. If you a copy of your script that you would be willing to send me, or advice I’d greatly appreciate it.

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