WordPress 2.6 Upgrade – RSS Feed Broken, Fixed, Still Slightly Broken

I upgraded the blog to WordPress 2.6 this weekend and everything seemed to go fine. Until this morning I got an email from a reader letting me know that the rss feed was broken. (thanks Rutger!) Really broken. As in PHP was dying in the middle of generating it. And Feed Burner was flipping out.

After a few false starts I tracked it down to a plugin that just doesn’t seem like the new WP version. It’s alright, I don’t use that plugin for much anyway.

The feed is now working again. However, the items in the feed do not currently have the date appended to the end of the title. e.g.: (Mar, 1922). This is because I accomplished that in my template by just adding the code to print the date right after the title in the template. Of course, taking this approach means I also had to add it to all of the pages that generate feeds (rss, rdf, atom, rss2). This means I also have to update those pages every time I upgrade wordpress. This time I forgot. I’m going to try to find a better way to hook the tile and append the date before the page gets rendered. So, hopefully, the dates on rss feeds should be back in the next day or so.

If any of our readers know a good way to modify the title of a post right before it’s rendered and wants to spare me a few hours of wading through the codex, I’d appreciate it. I don’t want to append the date to the post title then save it to the database. The date is contained in a custom field and I’d like to keep the two separate.

  1. Charlene says: July 21, 200812:43 pm

    After you moved to WordPress, I found that my entries (under my old nom, Blurgle) were being eaten by the spamtrap and not showing up. Is that another glitch or did you ban me?

  2. Charlie says: July 21, 20081:05 pm

    I’d say it’s a bug. You mean that started this weekend?

  3. beagledad says: July 21, 20085:00 pm

    I don’t know whether it’s part of the same problem, but I can’t access more than one page of entries per archive month, including the current July pages.

  4. Charlie says: July 21, 20085:09 pm

    Sorry, the paging component randomly got turned off. That’s fixed now too.

    Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Eamon says: July 21, 20088:28 pm

    This is off topic, but what software do you use to convert the articles to text? I’m interning at a museum and we’re looking at converting a lot of our old magazines and newspaper articles to digital. I’ve been tasked with finding out how to do it.

  6. Charlie says: July 23, 200812:26 am

    Eamon: I use Abbyy Fine Reader. It’s by far the best one I’ve used. Mainly because it’s the easiest one to manually mark the sections you want read. Most of the others try to hard to do it all for you.

  7. JRcue says: July 30, 200811:39 pm

    I’m experiencing an issue with the date not being included in the RSS with WP 2.6. Does anybody have any fixes for this?

  8. Alvin Ashcraft says: July 31, 20088:48 am

    I am also having this issue after upgrading to WordPress 2.6. Does anyone know which plugin(s) need to be disabled to resolve it?


  9. girl says: August 18, 20086:10 pm

    My feed is now busted too. I have no idea and nothing is coming up in any search. Any ideas?

  10. JRcue says: August 18, 20089:10 pm

    I looked at a different URL. Try http://www.YOUR-URL.com… and everything should be working

  11. antiquarian books says: December 11, 20089:16 am

    Thank you for this information. 🙂

  12. Adam says: February 25, 20092:59 pm

    What plugin was it that broke your RSS feed?
    I’m having the same problem – no RSS feed anymore…….

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