When I try to access my RSS Feed I am getting this error:

error on line 1 at column 35: Unsupported encoding UTF-5

It was working fine just a couple days ago and I'm not sure what I changed if anything to break it. Any Ideas?

  • What plugins are you running? As @helenhousandi points out below, the RSS feed should be using UTF-8, not UTF-5 ... did you recently install something or change themes?
    – EAMann
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 18:54
  • the entire site is actually UTF5. And there is a missing quote in the head section of the main site, it states charset=UTF-5" Something is definitely messed up in there Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 20:02
  • I've gone into the header php that contains the rss function but can't find "UTF-8" or "UTF" what line of code should I be looking for?
    – Nick
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 0:39

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I don't know that this has anything to do with WordPress, but I'm pretty sure it should be UTF-8, not UTF-5. The first line of your RSS feed reads <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-5"?>.

Edit: Try checking your Reading Settings for the Encoding for pages and feeds entry.

  • Where do I find the feeds file? I've looked in: wp-feed.php, wp-rss.php, wp-rss2.php, wp-load.php, as well as my header and home files, and this is no mention of "UTF"
    – Nick
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 1:01
  • I don't think it's a WordPress core file. I'd look at the Reading Settings page in the admin and check the Encoding for pages and feeds entry. This also means I have to eat my words, I guess it does have to do with WordPress :) Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 3:50
  • You're a genius!! I was right there set to UTF-5, I simply changed it and voilà, RSS is back online :). I know exactly what I did, I some how got into this page and changed it reading it as UTC-8 (timezone) haha and changed it to mine. Thanks again! I'd up vote but not enough rep :(
    – Nick
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 20:00
  • Hey, so long as it isn't a mystery! Glad it's working for you. Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 20:47

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