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Validating your RSS feed with Feed Validator

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When you've an RSS Feed, it's pretty easy for things to go wrong. Maybe your RSS Feed got too big and it's breaking or you have a bad entry in it. Not all systems automatically generate good RSS Feeds, so it's useful if you could spot a problem. For that we have Feed Validator. Now Feed Validator is a free service at feedvalidator.org and what it allows you to do is really simple, you just paste an RSS feed into the Validate field and click the Validate button.

Validating your RSS feed with Feed Validator

When you've an RSS Feed, it's pretty easy for things to go wrong. Maybe your RSS Feed got too big and it's breaking or you have a bad entry in it. Not all systems automatically generate good RSS Feeds, so it's useful if you could spot a problem. For that we have Feed Validator. Now Feed Validator is a free service at feedvalidator.org and what it allows you to do is really simple, you just paste an RSS feed into the Validate field and click the Validate button.

What it's going to do is it's going to look at the RSS Feed and it will tell you if something is wrong. Now the cool thing here is that it will actually identify the error and recommend solutions by links to articles on how to fix things. You also see that there's links for docs and terms, which can help you find resources for fixing an RSS feed, let's take a look at how it works in a live web browser. Here I have the RSS Feed for my blog, I'm just going to copy that to my clipboard, go on over to feedvalidator.org and paste that in.

When I click Validate, it will analyze the Feed. Notice it's telling me there are a few problems and it goes through and says what the issues are. Now everything is highlighted and it tells you click here for help. The thing to realize is that some of these errors may not be that big of a deal, but as you see, you can go through and it highlights all the problems, it looks to me like I'm having a few issues with some of the embeddable video players.

With all of that said these are yellow errors though, not red errors and the content is still working and playing back. So Feed Validator will flag potential problems and critical problems, a few problems in your RSS Feed are not that big of a deal as long as they're not critical problems. Chances are that you'll always find an error or two or something that could be better. When it comes to code, there are some very specific rules. The good news is that Feed Validator helps you find resources to identify how to tweak and fix an RSS Feed and we'll spot any particular problems in your Feed for you.

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