I need to view data from external sources - real time is not mission critical. Updated a few times per day is acceptable.

What is easier in terms of development complexity:

  1. Implementing a Views plugin to connect to third party data and return it in a fashion acceptable by Views modules?

  2. Implement a Feeds importer that knows how to connect to third party sources and dump into required content types?

Can you give a high level break down of interfaces required to implement each and which (in your own experience) is less time consuming or easier to implement?


  • What are your external sources? Is it an XML file? Are you crawling from pages? Whats the data? More info required. – Collins Aug 25 '16 at 21:36
  • Mysql...I realize now it would make note sense to export as CSV then import using feeds – Alex.Barylski Aug 25 '16 at 21:48

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