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[Resolved] Problems with Feedburner

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  • thats the error in feedburner: line 114, column 205: XML parsing error: <unknown>:114:205: not well-formed (invalid token) [help]

    that’s the line:

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    Personal trainer e massaggiatore sportivo</p><div class="wp-biographia-links"><small><a href="mailto:info@alessiorinelli.it" title="Send Alessio Rinelli Mail">Mail</a> | <a href="http://www.alessiorinelli.it" title="Alessio Rinelli On The Web">Web</a> | <a href="http://www.twitter.com/alessiorinelli" title="Alessio Rinelli On Twitter">Twitter</a> | <a href="http://www.facebook.com/rinelli.alessio" title="Alessio Rinelli On Facebook">Facebook</a> | <a href="http://www.grouper.it/author/rinelli/" title="More Posts By Alessio Rinelli">More Posts (1)</a></small></div></div><!-- WP Biographia v3.3.0 -->
    Plugin Author vicchi


    Hi … you’re absolutely right. There’s a UTF-8 encoding error in your feed and it’s somewhere in the HTML that WP Biographia emits.

    From plugging your site’s feed into feedvalidator.org I get the error message XML parsing error: <unknown>:215:767: not well-formed (invalid token) which does show an encoding error.

    From looking at the feed’s contents, I can see there’s two sections of encoded data. One is in the URL for the user’s avatar and one is in the obfuscated email address for the user.

    I’m inclined to think it’s an issue caused by whatever plugin you’re using to generate user avatars rather than in WP Biographia itself. The email address encoding is handled by the WordPress antispambot API call so unless your user has some very odd characters in their email address I think we can rule this out for now.

    What I’d recommend is that you configure WP Biographia not to output user avatars temporarily and then resubmit your feed URL, http://www.grouper.it/feed/ to feedvalidator.org and see if it validates cleanly. If it does then you’ll need to look at what your avatar plugin is doing in more detail.

    Please take a look at the sticky post at the top of the WP Biographia forums and let me know what versions of WordPress and WP Biographia you’re running as well as the name and download URL of the avatar plugin so I can try and replicate this.


    Actually I tried your detail but still doesnt work… i really do not understand why..i tried to delete all the user avatar plug installed and also I took out the plag in your plugin config for the image user….but nothing….I still have the same error

    <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
    <rss version=”2.0″

    <title>Grouper Team</title>
    <atom:link href=”http://www.grouper.it/feed/” rel=”self” type=”application/rss+xml” />
    <lastBuildDate>Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:44:56 +0000</lastBuildDate>

    Plugin Author vicchi


    Hi … two things to mention here.

    Firstly, as one of the moderators added to your original post, unless you either click on the code button or use backticks to surround the feed XML, it renders as pretty much unreadable.

    Secondly, I’ve just checked your site’s feed XML and it’s still outputting the avatar HTML; I can see something like the following for each post in your feed …

    <img src="http://www.grouper.it/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/user-avatar/user-avatar-pic.php?src=http://www.grouper.it/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/avatars/9/1352070534-bpfull.jpg&w=100&id=9&random=1352070534" alt="" class=" avatar avatar-100 photo user-9-avatar" width="100" height="100" />

    I’m assuming that the plugin you’re using for avatars is the User Avatar plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/user-avatar/).

    So try this …

    1. From the Dashboard navigate to Plugins and click the Deactivate link underneath the description of your avatar plugin.

    2. Now navigate to Settings, WP Biographia. Click on the Content tab and ensure that the User’s Image checkbox is not ticked. If it is, un-check it. Click on Save Content Settings.

    Then post back here. I can then go and re-check your feed’s XML and we can take it from there.

    One other thing. While we’re looking at this, it’s vital to check the feed coming directly from your site and not the version from FeedBurner as that site may be caching your feed.


    Ciao Gary I really appreciated your help, im quite new with wordpress so sorry for it.
    I’ve done right now the 2 things that you ask me. I deactivate alla the avatar user plugin and I took out the tick in the content\user image of WP biographia.

    Let me know if you find something different now.
    Thanks a lot in advance,


    Plugin Author vicchi


    I’m not seeing this reflected in your feed. Are you running another plugin that’s doing some caching? I can see the same avatar image tag in your feed, which tells me that either your avatar plugin is still running and configured in WP Biographia or that your feed is being cached and not being generated afresh each time I hit the http://www.grouper.it/feed/ URL.


    Ciao Gary that’s its really strange because in the original post http://www.grouper.it/acqua-dimagrire-con-beneficio-2/ there’s no avatar as i deactivate it. I posted out some new article now, would you mind to check it?

    in effect now is :
    <!– WP Biographia v3.3.0 –>
    <div class=”wp-biographia-text-no-pic”><h3>Alessio Rinelli</h3><p>Laurea in Scienze motorie e sport presso Universit√† Statale di Milano. Personal trainer e massaggiatore sportivo. Presidente associazione Fitness e Benessere.</p><div class=”wp-biographia-links”><small>Web | Twitter | Facebook | More Posts (1)</small></div></div><!– WP Biographia v3.3.0 –>

    Plugin Author vicchi


    So I’ve found the source of your XML parsing errors. Something is inserting invalid and non-printing UTF-8 characters into your site’s posts.

    Validating your feed now shows an invalid token at line 290, column 406, which is this tag …

    <a href="http://www.alessiorinelli.it" target="_blank" title=" Alessio Rinelli  On The Web " class="wp-biographia-link-">Web</a>

    … if you look closely, the title attribute has what looks like some extra spaces … I’ve replaced them here with underscores so you can see what I mean …

    title="_Alessio Rinelli_ On _The Web_"

    But as they’re not printing characters, you can’t easily spot them. So I downloaded your feed into a text file and looked at the contents in a text editor which shows all characters, not just the printable ones and I see this …

    title="^BAlessio Rinelli^D On ^BThe Web^D"

    … there are these extra — and invalid — characters in every link’s title attribute. This isn’t just in the code that WP Biographia emits, but it’s in the content of every one of your site’s posts as well.

    I suspect that there’s another plugin you have running which is hooked to the WordPress the_content filter that is doing this and that it’s running before WP Biographia and so my plugin picks up this invalid content as well.

    I strongly suggest that you disable all of your plugins, validate your feed and if it validates successfully (which I suspect it will) then start to re-enable them, one by one, checking your feed each time, until you identify which plugin it is which is causing this.

    It could also be something inherent in your theme, so I’d recommend reverting temporarily to a stock WordPress supplied theme, such as TwentyTen, to rule this out.


    Thanks Gary. I will try all your suggestions. I really appreciated your help !

    Plugin Author vicchi


    Not a problem. Keep me posted on how you get on please.


    Thanks Gary I worked all night long but nothing it doesnt work with yr plugin…
    I have to deactivate it unfortunally.

    Plugin Author vicchi


    I don’t understand this at all. Are you saying that the issue goes away if you deactivate WP Biographia? If that’s the case, I’m at a loss so see how this could happen. What would be helpful is if you could let me know what other plugins you’re using. That way I can try and duplicate your environment and see if there’s some odd interaction going on between my plugin and another.


    yes Gary I will try this morning to settle another pluging just to try if something goes differente and Ill let you know. If I deativate your pluging evething goes fine… Ill try my best and ill let you know surely. thanks


    Plugin Author vicchi


    Haven’t heard back from you on this, so I’m making the assumption it’s all working for you. Feel free to re-open this thread if that’s not the case.


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