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  • Resolved gwstacy


    My feeds ‘do not validate’ when I was troubleshooting at I posted my question to the feedburner help group at google 15 hours ago and still have not received any replies. I don’t know at all how to solve this issue.

    Do I need to use feedburner? This has been extremely stressful, I have been trying to resolve this for days.

    This is the problem as I stated on the google board:

    Neither of my feeds (original or feedburner) will validate. These are
    the problems, first with the original and second with the feedburner.
    I have attempted to fix them but it won’t let me so I don’t understand
    what I need to do to fix these problems.

    ***For the original feed these are the errors:

    This feed does not validate.

    * line 2, column 0: Missing trailing slash in mediaRSS namespace

    <rss version=’2.0′ xmlns:media=’

    In addition, interoperability with the widest range of feed readers
    could be improved by implementing the following recommendation.

    *line 8, column 1: Missing atom:link with rel=”self” [help]


    Line 2: # <rss version=’2.0′ xmlns:media=’

    Line 8: </channel>

    ***For the feedburner errors:

    *line 2, column 190: Missing trailing slash in mediaRSS namespace

    xmlns:media=”http://search. …


    Line 2: <?xml-stylesheet type=”text/xsl” media=”screen” href=”/~d/
    styles/rss2full.xsl”?><?xml-stylesheet type=”text/css” media=”screen”
    xmlns:media=”” version=”2.0″>

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  • Moderator James Huff


    To answer your first question, you do not need to use Feedburner.

    To answer your second question, they do not validate, but those validation errors are minor and will probably cause no problems. You could fix the validation errors with the first feed by editing the media-rss.php file, but I strongly recommend against it. The validation errors with the Feedburner feed are related to the way that Feedburner is generating the feed, so there’s nothing you can do about that.

    Basically, you don’t need Feedburner (unless you want any of the features provided by Feedburner), and the validation errors that you quoted are negligible and shouldn’t cause any problems.

    So if I didn’t use feedburner could people still subscribe to my blog? I was told to use feedburner for that reason.


    Mr E


    Feedburner is a blog subscription service. However most browsers today will subscribe feeds. This means that the natural feed from your websites RSS is able to be sub’d by many means, including ones most visitors have installed in their web browser itself.

    To see if your browser will pick this up, visit the link of your RSS feed directly in the browser. If it does work, you will see information in some bloggish format (display style depends on your browser)

    Moderator James Huff


    If you can’t find your feed, refer to this guide:

    I found my feed but I keep coming up with the same validation error because it automatically converts all of them back to

    Here is the error that I get with each one:
    “It looks like this is a web page, not a feed. I looked for a feed associated with this page, but couldn’t find one. Please enter the address of your feed to validate.”

    Moderator James Huff


    You’ll have to disable the redirect that’s pointing it to Feedburner, otherwise we can’t find out what’s wrong with the feed.

    It is disabled.

    Moderator James Huff


    You feed was working for just a second while I was checking it, but now it’s just showing your blog’s main page. Did you change something just now?

    No, that’s what happened this morning. It was working for a while and then I came back and it wasn’t working again.

    Moderator James Huff


    Try deactivating all of your plugins. If you can successfully view the feed after that, reactivate each one individually until you find the cause.

    I am having the exact same problem as you.
    I want to be able to use feed burner but it says it can’t validate. But yet when I try it, it works fine from my browser.
    Feed validater says it looks like just a web page not a feed. .

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