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[Resolved] RSS feed widget – garbled text

  • I’m displaying the following feed on my homepage sidebar via the standard RSS widget.


    Getting garbled text at the end of the post, like this:
    $$(‘div.d1404’).each( function(e) […]

    See top right sidebar on the homepage here:

    This doesn’t appear when there’s enough text in the post to reach the […].

    Garbled text doesn’t appear in the blog itself but does when you click on categories or tags: $$(‘div.d1404′).each( function(e) { e.visualEffect(‘slide_up’,{duration:0.5}) });

    Any ideas what’s going on here?

    And while I’m here if anyone knows how to include a thumbnail from the post in the RSS feed, it’d make my day!


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  • Have you tried:

    – deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    – switching to the Twenty Ten theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.

    resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.

    Hi esmi

    Have deactivated all plugins and it doesn’t seem to make any difference. I have also temporarily deleted the plugins folder and no luck.

    I previewed the site with the 2010 theme but it didn’t change the feed. I’d rather not switch themes as the site is live and I already broke a few things by disabling plugins… Do I need to actually install the theme to see the code changes?

    Thanks for the help!

    Well, it looks like code to me – so it’s either your theme or your plugins.

    If it helps I googled the code and it brings up quite a few results from other blogs:

    “$$(‘div.d1404′).each( function(e) { e.visualEffect(‘slide_up’,{duration:0.5}) });”

    I just fully activated the 2010 theme and it makes no difference to the feed.

    Why are you pulling your own feed into your home page? That’s a really bad approach from a sever.performance perspective. You should be pulling in those post excerpts via a secondary Loop using get_posts.

    The feed is on the homepage to show a preview of the blog posts.

    Unfortunately I have no idea what ‘a secondary Loop using get_posts’ is as this is just managed through the RSS feed widget.

    I did realise the reason for the post display. It’s just that your current solution will be hammering your server. If the site gets busy, expect your hosts to be touch complaining about over-consumption of server resources.

    Sorry I’m a little confused – the current system is simply using the standard wordpress RSS feed widget, is there a better way to set the feed up? Could you elaborate on the secondary loop?

    Or is it going to hammer the server because the main site and blog are hosted on the same server?

    Sorry about the confusion – I didn’t implement the theme or the site – just doing my best to sort out a few problems which are proving tricky.

    Thanks again.

    If you use your RSS feed in the sidebar your own site, you’re effectively going to be calling the full feed every time someone move to another page or refreshes the page. That means a whole lot of extra calls on your server. Not quite a 100% increase but certainly a significant amount. This is foolish when you can pull the posts you need from the database and display them on the page far more efficiently using a secondary Loop.

    As for multiple Loops, see this Codex page.

    Thanks for the suggestion, but that codex page goes way over my head.

    Well – you might want to keep an eye on this thread: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/simplepie-excessive-bandwith-usage?replies=2

    I suspect it’s the same situation as yours.

    Thanks again – I don’t suppose there’s an alternative RSS widget that uses a secondary loop? Or a way of modifying the standard RSS widget?

    If not I’ll try to have a read through the codex page. That kind of stuff gives me a headache though – I don’t have much of a code background and am very unfamiliar with PHP.

    You can’t modify the standard RSS widget without getting into some advanced coding. And any plugin that you use to pull your own RSS feed into your own site will have exactly the same effect as you have now.

    Have you tried using the Recent Posts widget?

    Just had a look at the recent posts widget – looks promising.

    One thing I can’t work out though, is how to tell it to grab posts from the blog? The blog is located at /blog and is a separate wordpress install… I can’t see the option to link it there.

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