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  • I just noticed that the links are broken for RSS. These are the two in the footer. What’s the deal?

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    This url ?
    FeedDemo finds and uses your feed just fine.

    Click the links:

    “Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS). “

    And they are broken, that’s the problem.

    Moderator Peter Westwood


    WordPress Lead Developer


    Both of the feeds work fine for me.

    The URI’s for the feeds are specified with feed: before the http url so that browsers know to pass them onto a feedreader – this is not supported by all browsers though which is probably your problem.

    If you want to remove the feed: from the links search in your themes template files for the feed: and remove it.

    the code producing those links will look something like this:

    <a href="feed:<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>">Entries (RSS)</a>
    and <a href="feed:<?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>">Comments (RSS)</a>.

    This will be in the file called footer.php in your theme I believe.


    Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    No they are not – they are using the ‘feed:’ protocol which if you have not got a reader will look odd.
    Your feed is also available at but again, no reader it will look odd.

    They DO work.

    I guess I’ll take your word for it. When I click the link I get:

    “The page cannot be displayed
    The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings. “

    The same as when the target file is not even there.

    Help. I’ve just upgraded to the latest version from 1.5 because the RSS function in 1.5 had flaws… Now my feeds are completely broken! My URL is http:/ Both Safari and Firefox think they’ve found my feeds ( and but my newsreader (NetNewsWire simply treats the URIs as no good, and FeedValidator won’t validate them.

    Is there some RSS adjustment that I should have done after upgrading? Should I have refreshed the feed somehow? (though, NNW doesn’t even see my weblog anymore, let alone the posts).

    Any help appreciated.

    Moderator James Huff


    fodden, I have no problem viewing your feed in RSSOwl, and it validates perfectly:

    I am having a similar question as above.

    The links in my blog titled ‘RSS’ and ‘Comments RSS’ both have feed: in front of the http:// and when clicked in IE displays a ‘page not found error’ and when clicked in FireFox says ‘feed is not a registered protocol’.


    I’m new to blogging but my initial opinion is that I don’t want and links that appear broken to a user who might click them. Can someone help me understand why I would want to leave them as they are. Or, should I change the code to remove the feed and if I do so, is there a disadvantage in doing that?

    Thanks for any help or comments.

    Moderator James Huff


    Your problem is related to the feed: in front of the link. Other than that, your feed is perfectly fine:

    See this for an explanation and removal instructions for feed:

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