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  • Resolved Chris


    At some point in the past my RSS feed broke on my Blog. I have scoured the forums and google and tried everything I have seen to fix this from deactivating all plugins, deleting extra lines in the code, reinstalling all the core files and trying a different theme. Still, no luck. The blog link is and the RSS feed link is

    The output error reads:

    XML Parsing Error: XML or text declaration not at start of entity
    Line Number 2, Column 1:

    and then it says:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    I have been trying to fix this for several months now and I just cannot figure it out. Hoping someone here might have some insight. Thanks a bunch!

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  • Moderator Mark Ratledge


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    Moderator kmessinger


    The parsing error comes from a blank line or a open space in some php file you have opened. You are on the right course but you just haven’t found it yet. Have you tried this plugin, ?

    [Edit] Yes, it works ok in a reader but not stand-alone. And there are errors in the site,

    Thanks for the quick responses. Yes, I am aware the site does not validate… I am sure a few of them may be legitimate but most errors are from plugins up to no good.

    I actually replaced all the core WordPress files with a brand new installation and even swapped out my wp-config files and still no luck. I did try the fix-rss plugin and no luck. Guess I will just have to keep poking around to figure this one out.

    So this is very strange. I believe the problem resides in my database if that is possible. I reinstalled EVERYTHING and when I added my posts table to the database is when it broke the RSS feed again. And when I dropped the table, the feed remained broken. Very odd to me.

    OK so after a whole new wordpress install, which i probably needed anyhow, i seem to have gotten the RSS feed working. Unfortunately I could not narrow down the problem for others but at least I got it working.

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