Once again WordPress decided to stopped the RSS feed for a client. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason. Whether it is WordPress updates or installing new plugins, occasionally and unpredictably, the RSS feed continues to get a that nasty EXTRA space at the beginning of the XML.
I shared my first revelations here describing how to add the Fix RSS Feeds Plugin to your site. However, eventually even this plugin no longer solved our RSS feed issues.
One fix is to uninstall recently installed plugins to determine if they are the source. But in doing this how do you verify the RSS is once again feeding properly? I recommend using an FEED validator. The one I used with the most success has been
Enter the URL of the website feed you’d like to verify. You only need to enter the website (www.example.com) – not the feed (
If your feed is successfully validated, you’ll get a cool icon you can add to your website.
Now we have a way to simply verify our RSS feeds are feeding out the way they should.