This two code blocks apparently killed my RSS Feed! I didn’t know about this, until I visited my LinkedIn page. LinkedIn page was prompting me to enter my WordPress blog URL address. Hmm.. that’s weird. I remember I have done that immediately when I created my LinkedIn account. I squinted my eyes to find any error messages. Below the WordPress form, I saw broken red lines with varying degree of thickness. Apparently the error message was outside the DIV’s visible area. The error message reads “Error in parsing http://sodeve.net?feed=rss2”.
Here’s the offending inline codes:
When I opened up this blog’s RSS Feed URL using Google Chrome, it spitted back red rectangle error message back at me. I opened the same URL with Safari, and it simply give up without even telling what’s the source of the error. Still not satisfied, I launched both IE9 and Firefox to the same URL.
Surprise surprise, these two browsers didn’t report any error. IE9 incompletely renderred the XML as a full-page of words without any arrangement. But it actually stopped rendering the content half-way. Perhaps it saw the error, got depressed, then perhaps go hiding somewhere trying to get high. Great, IE9, your act is just like Towelie.
If IE9 is like Towelie, I think Firefox is like Eddie Mora from Limitless. Although there’s error in the feed, it is still showing everything perfectly. And by perfectly, I mean everything. The FeedBurner’s favicon, the layout, the form to subscribe to the feed.
Last but not least, Opera. I think Opera is the most informative among all. It prompted the error, described what kind of error is it, which location the error was triggered from, and it even shown the part of the XML code where the error is originated.
What I did’t realize was that I accidentally depended on a ‘hack’, deprecated-method, or whatever it is that now WordPress (or W3 Total Cache) doesn’t support. I am not sure whether I should call this a bug. What do you think?
Moral of the story, use the recommended best practice when doing something, but don’t stop yourself from hacking 🙂 Show me your hand if your’re agree!
The screenshots from the browsers:
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