My RSS Feed Won’t Validate: Parsing Error

Thought I would pass on a solution to an error I encountered with the podcast feed on this very WordPress site. I noticed the latest episode of the podcast hadn’t appeared in iTunes. I did the usual thing then of validating my podcast feed and got the following error:

XML parsing error: :3:0: XML or text declaration not at start of entity

That didn’t make a lot of sense to a layperson like me, so I did some digging and it pointed me to an issue I hadn’t noticed when I validated the feed: the first two lines of the feed were blank.

This is a problem. So after some more digging it became apparent that the issue can be in a number of WordPress files. Essentially there can’t be any free space before the starting tag in your PHP files.Some people find the space in their function.php file (in your theme folder), others in their wp-config file.

That’s exactly where my issue was. I had to blank lines at the bottom of my config file (shown as the pink line):


Deleting those spaces worked a treat, with the feed validating fine once I’d done that. Hope this helps someone!

WordPress copping more hacker heat

For the code junkies, Donncha O Caoimh gives the lowdown on recent hacker activity with WordPress blogs.

This is an excellent security plugin for WordPress – download it today, it’s free after all.

Joomla requests on the rise

In the past few weeks I’ve had a handful of enquiries via the site asking for us to consult on a Joomla installation. Unfortunately we’re snowed under for the coming three months and could only take on WordPress setups, which are quicker (and cheaper for you as well). This site runs on WordPress and I’d argue it’s superior to Joomla except in situations where large amounts of new data is handled daily by your site.

I’m also regularly asked to recommend a Joomla developer – I always point people to the Joomla Forums as a starting point – there’s one great community there.

I’ve lost my WordPress password – what do I do?

You use this excellent (and free) tool. You just need to have access to the server your WordPress installation is on and you’re laughing.

WordPress 2.3.3 – urgent security release

All the details here

Need to convert Joomla to WordPress?

Today I needed to convert a Joomla site to the WordPress platform. After much research I found out a way:

1. Install WordPress. An important point here: you’ll need version 2.2.2 or earlier (you’ll see why below).

2. Download this excellent conversion script and follow the instructions closely. This script only works on WordPress versions 2.2.2 or earlier (see point 1).

3. That’s it! Obviously it won’t fix broken links etc but it does a beautiful job of getting all that text between the two platforms.

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