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  • Resolved edwardv2


    I have set up my first blog and everything works fine ( I’ve now installed two additional full copies of WordPress in two other subdomains ( and following the directions for mutliple blogs with a single MySQL database making sure the wp-config.php is correct. I am able to post to and view both blogs, but the feeds are not working. One blog is located at

    I’ve tried all the different types;,,, etc. in my browser (safari) and get error on line 10 at column 6: XML declaration allowed only at the start of the document

    When I try validating the feed at it gives the following:

    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.


    This feed does not validate.

    line 3, column 0: Undefined root element: xhtml:html [help]

    <html xmlns="">
    line 10, column 0: XML parsing error: <unknown>:10:0: junk after document element [help]

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

    I’m totally confused. I also read through the support and found one suggest to get rid of “feed:” from the footer of the default installed theme and this didn’t help either. Somehow it looks like the feed isn’t even getting generated. I have no plugins installed and this is just the basic installation wih the default theme. I have made sure prmalinks is on and have edited the .htaccess file per instructions.

    Any help would be gretly appreciated.


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  • Something is inserting this into your feed source:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
    <html xmlns="">

    Actually, looking at the source of your home page shows it’s inserting it everywhere.

    Why would this be? As I stated this is a bare fresh install, no plugins or anything else. I’ve already tried deleting aboslutely everything and starting fresh a second time with the same results.

    If I knew… To start, what does the index.php in your searching/ directory (that particular WordPress’ install) look like?

    Problem solved. Well, it looks like some new software I was using for editing html and php automatically adds this to pages when it is saved if it doesn’t see these tags (this is an option which I have now turned off). When I edited the wp-config file for multiple blogs it adds this to the end of the file when I saved it. Opening it back up I saw this was indeed the case. I deleted it and saved and now everything works fine.

    Thanks for your help, I really should have caught that myself. Your commetn got me thinknig in the right direction. Thanks again!


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