I have an RSS feed on my site I made 6 months ago. It is starting to get popular so I wanted to make sure it is working at 100%. Is there anyway to verify my RSS feed to make sure everyone can view it without errors?
Msg#: 3073492 posted 1:01 am on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)
The validator can confirm for you which version you are using (the feedvalidator one above is excellent). RSS 2.0 and RSS 0.91 are the two most widely-supported syndication formats - if you are using one of those two and your feed is valid, then you are very safe in terms of compatibility for a very wide range of user agents.
The biggest issues are ill-formed feeds, charset issues, MIME type issues and server misconfigurations (which often cause the previous two problems). Your feed should be declaring its charset via a HTTP header, and have the MIME type
application/rss+xml rather than text/xml (or worse, text/plain).
Msg#: 3073492 posted 1:14 am on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)
If the validator didn't give a warning about the mime type, then that's a good sign - it usually means that the server is already handling things correctly. Can you load/view the feed in a browser? If you have Firefox, when you visit does it show an XML view or offer a download prompt? If you get an XML view, press Ctrl + I and check what "Type" is listed, as well as the encoding.