Hello Forum –
I have a site hosted by Network Solutions, which uses a WordPress plugin for the blog. Instead of building a custom WordPress theme for the blog (I was intimidated by the prospect), I pull data from my WordPress database into my webpage using PHP calls I copied from the default template (Kubrick). The only problem I’ve had so far is that I cannot get FeedBurner to work.
WordPress is definitely generating a valid RSS feed: I can pick up the feed with using Google Reader. When I switch to a WordPress blog theme, Feedburner works just fine. But when I use my custom layout, FeedBurner poops out.
I have tried several addresses in FeedBurner’s “original feed” field. When using “http://www.gretchenpeterson.com/blog/?feed=rss/” for the original feed, Feedburner comes back with the error “The URL does not appear to reference a valid XML file” and feedvalidator.org says “Server returned HTTP Error 500: Internal Server Error”.
When using “http://www.gretchenpeterson.com/blog/wp-rss2.php,” I get the same Feedburner error and feedvalidator.org says “XML parsing error: <unknown>:264:0: junk after document element”.
When using “http://www.gretchenpeterson.com/blog/feed”, the error message for both FeedBurner and feedvalidator.org is “An error occurred connecting to the URL: Error getting URL: 404 – Not Found”
As far as I can tell, the problem is that FeedBurner is looking for an XML file; WordPress seems to use PHP files to generate XML on the fly (no XML file). I have tried unsuccessfully to track down the code in the various WordPress files that controls the RSS feed. There’s obviously something about how WordPress handles RSS feeds that I don’t understand and my custom layout doesn’t include whatever the magic RSS thingie is.
The blog is: http://gretchenpeterson.com/blog/
If anyone has any advice to offer, I’d greatly appreciate it.
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