RSS Error

Added the RSS feed today. Oops. There’s a parsing error:

XML Parsing Error: XML or text declaration not at start of entity
Location: https://michaeljcripps.commons.gc.cuny.edu/activity/feed
Line Number 2, Column 1:

I don’t have permissions to dig through the source here, so I can’t really do anything to address the issue. I simply clicked the Add RSS button, saved, and got an error. Odd. I don’t get this in my own blog, a WP install.

A quick search for the error in WPMU forums revealed that I’m not alone here. Not sure how easy this will be to address. Perhaps its a bug that emerged in the upgrade from an earlier version of WPMU?


  1. Since I think atahualpa is a good addition for the purposes we’re considering out at York, perhaps I’ll run a WPMU install on my server, load atahualpa theme, and dig into it. If it’s a coding error in the template that isn’t evident in other themes, I don’t imagine I’ll have too much trouble locating it. Before I bother with that level of work, however, I’ll troll the forums and see what’s up in terms of comments.

  2. The other thing we can do is update the Atahualpa theme files on the server as soon as the developers release a new version. That’s why I was suggesting that you contact them to make sure they’re aware of the problem.

  3. Could be Atahualpa. I’m just trying to syndicate my blog here. It is usually point and click in WP, and it looked just fine when I did it in WPMU. But it didn’t work, as you observed. Site RSS is working, but that’s probably a little different from blog-specific feeds. I’m not subscribed to feeds from other AC blogs, at least I don’t think I am.

    I’m still playing around with the Atahualpa settings on and off, and so I’m not going to choose a different theme just yet. But I’ll do it soon so I can test the RSS functionality issue. If most folks with blogs in the AC are having no RSS problems in their blogs, then it’s probably Atahualpa. I guess I can create another blog and try it out to see if other themes syndicate just fine.

  4. Hi Michael,

    Which RSS feed did you try to add? I’m assuming it’s the one for your own blog, since I, too, see an error when I click on the feed button.

    I think that this error stems from the particular theme you’re using, not from our WPMu install as a whole. RSS feeds on the site are working, as you can see from your Site Wide Activity feed in your left sidebar.

    I could be wrong about that, but we should definitely check to see whether others using this theme have had the same problem.

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