I’m getting the following feed error on my site (www.birdistheworm.com). It is my own site. I am self-hosting WordPress. I use Contempt as my theme. I’m up to date on my WP updates.
XML Parsing Error: XML or text declaration not at start of entity
Line Number 3, Column 1:<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
Having spent half a day searching the internet, I am clearly not the only one who has encountered this problem. But I am struggling to get started on solving this problem. My analogy is that I recognize the ingredients, I can picture what the finished meal will look like, but I can’t seem to find the pantry/kitchen to get started. Does that make sense? No matter how many times I read and re-read the threads on this forum and other sites, there has to be something essential that I’m overlooking or not understanding, because it seems like other people are resolving the same problem.
When I go into my Editor, I can’t find any rss language anywhere. Based on what I read and what I can see on my site, I’m thinking I might have a blank line where there shouldn’t be one. But I’ve gone through all my menus in the Editor, and I can’t find any RSS language anywhere. Nor can I find the above lines about XML versions and UTF encoding. That seems problematic to me.
I am very new to this, and it got me to wondering if I even had the correct RSS functionality activated on my site. I was under the impression that it got installed as part of my Jetpack plugin. When I installed Jetpack, it did create a RSS link on my META menu (right hand side of site page, all the way at the bottom). Also, when I enter my RSS feed URL into a validation site, it comes back as being a valid feed. Also, I used the fix-rss-feed plugin and the check-rss-feed-status plugin, and they both seem to think everything is working fine. But it’s not.
I think the help that I would like to receive is a pointer on where to find the RSS feed code language in my editor so I can go about trying to fix the problem. Or, if my understanding of how all this works is incorrect to begin with, then a pointer on where I’m misunderstanding things.
My most constructive learning with html and coding, etc, has been in researching and solving my own problems, so I try to embrace these problems with optimism. But this RSS thing has got me spinning in circles.
Any help would be appreciated.
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