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Problem with RSS link (15 posts)

  1. wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    When I click on the RSS link on my blog's main page I get a new, empty, browser window opened. If I try to close it another appears. If I try to bring one of my other browser windows to the front, the blank window moves on top of it. The only way I can get rid of the blank browser window is to quit my browser.

    I am using Safari on an Apple PowerBook, but the same happens when using Internet Explorer. When trying this on a PC I get a "Page cannot be displayed" message.

    What am I doing wrong?

    All help gratefully received.

    Bill

  2. Cypher
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Please provide a link to your BLOG. It is likely that you have a "feed://" in front of your RSS URL and the browser is trying to use that to figure out which application should handle the feed.

    Go into your theme sidebar.php or whereever the RSS link appears and remove the "feed://" portion..

    Regards

  3. wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Whoops fogot to put in url of my blog:

    http://www.wowlighting.co.uk/lightingblog

  4. wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Have just checked my sidebar.php file as you kindly suggested and it has the lines:

  5. " title="<?php _e('Syndicate this site using RSS'); ?>"><?php _e('RSS'); ?>
  6. " title="<?php _e('The latest comments to all posts in RSS'); ?>"><?php _e('Comments RSS'); ?>
  7. Completely impenetrable to me. Should I remove the "feed:" bit? If so what effect would it have?

  • wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Last posting didn't come out quite as it should! How do I insert sample php code without it getting 'processed'?

  • Cypher
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just before the title=" line, you will find a "a href=" line and that's where you will see the "feed:" bit, if you remove it, your links will show up in the browser normally..

    The "feed:" bit is a future extention like a mime-type that is supposed to make your browser spawn a RSS Reader for you when you click the link.

    The problem is it isn't widely supported yet. So removing it will make it work for the here and now.

    Regards

  • wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks. I have removed the feed: bits and no longer get the blank window. What I now get is text like this:

    " Musings from a Lighting Designer http://www.wowlighting.co.uk/lightingblog Thoughts on developments in the world of lighting design and lighting products Tue, 01 Nov 2005 10:18:38 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.5.1.3 en Low Energy Lighting "

    Is that what is expected?

  • Yes, your feed appears to be functioning perfectly.

  • wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I really appreciate everyones help. Thanks. Can you indulge me with one last question? How do I check that my RSS feed is working correctly? As you can tell, I am a real novice to this!

  • You can check the validation of your feed here: http://feedvalidator.org/

    And, of course, you can always check your feed in an RSS reader, such as RSSOwl: http://www.rssowl.org/

    Here are a few helpful articles on RSS:

    http://www.tomrafteryit.net/rss-for-non-techies-talk/
    http://www.tomrafteryit.net/help-on-subscribing/
    http://www.semiologic.com/projects/help-with-feeds/
    http://www.tomrafteryit.net/what-exactly-is-rss/

  • wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Can't thank you all enough.

    Many many thanks.

    Bill

  • Beel
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Use Firefox and add the Web Developer extension - easy access to css, xhtml, and feed validators plus LOTS of other useful tools for tweaking pages and checking under the hood.

  • wowlighting
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Where can I get the Web Developer extension from?

  • moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

  • Cypher
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Additionally, you can download Flock (another branch of the Mozilla browser like Firefox) and use their integrated RSS reader to view your page.

    Regards

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