Users of WordPress who have recently upgraded to version 2.5.1 should double check their RSS feeds! It's taken me nearly 6 weeks to spot that my Google Reader hadn't updated with the latest entries/comments from slickhouse.com!
Knowing that plenty of comments and a handful of posts had been made after May 1st, I started looking for the cause of the problem. Initially I thought it was due to the move from my shared Linux hosting to dedicated Windows hosting (at slickhouse). However, trawling through server logs showed that slickhouse had migrated long before then.
The next step was to work out what files (if any) had changed. Unfortunately 4 things occured at the start of May - upgrading to the version 8 theme; moving MySQL to another dedicated server; updating the permalinks within the database and upgrading to WordPress 2.5.1
A few Google searches later (after exhausting the first 3 things) found that many others had experienced problems with their RSS feeds after upgrading to version 2.5.1 - a bug that to this day still appears to be un-fixed.
However, there is a solution. You need to update all links to your RSS feed from /wp-rss2.php to /feed/. For the comments, /wp-commentsrss2.php becomes /comments/feed/ - much friendlier! If you're using Feedburner (highly recommended) then you'll also need to update the URL to your feeds within your account.
Within the WordPress PHP theme code, you can call these links using:
<? php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>
<? php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>
This is a temporary solution until the WordPress development team come up with a fix to the bug, however many may switch to these URLs permanently for their RSS feeds, or at least until they break again. Let me know if you too have encountered empty feeds. And for those wanting to subscribe to the slickhouse.com feeds - links are in the top-right (hover your mouse over the RSS icon).
You probably wouldn't believe me if I told you I had a huge list of things to write about, for slickhouse.
Well I do! My only problem is that there's so much interesting content out there, that I barely get round to writing some of my own - by which time, I'm probably falling asleep.
- Digg - This is the busiest feed I use, mainly because there are so many contributors. Though I do find that most of the time it's like looking for a needle in a haystack - you have to Digg (pun intended) to find the good stuff.
- AListApart - On the other hand aren't that busy at all, providing me with a couple of articles every few days - but the content is great.
- bit-tech.net - As they're still the best tech site in the UK. I also keep their sister site (although they've been acquired recently) Trusted Reviews on Google Reader too.
- CSS-Tricks - This is my latest addition, as I stumbled across an article on the site whilst browsing my feeds this evening.
- Custom PC - I like to keep track of Custom PC as they are providing some great content since the site refresh.
- Max Design - Their tutorials are very useful, which led me to add their feed to Google.
- Official Google Webmaster Blog - For two reasons really, firstly Google know their stuff; secondly I'm a Google fan.
- Penny-Arcade - Possibly the best web comic (that I've come across at least) on the planet, well web. Having the RSS feed to hand enables me to know almost instantly when they've posted a new comic.
- Photo Matt - The creator of WordPress provides us with insight into developing WordPress and also upcoming new features.
- Smashing Magazine - I'm yet to understand why many of their posts suddenly switch from English to German, but every single article is worth reading. Trust me.
- Tom's Hardware UK - As I like to keep in touch with the technology world - and having a few feeds means that I'm more likely to catch all the big releases.
- W3C - This is a fairly boring feed compared to the above, but I'm hoping they'll reveal more about HTML 5 in the near future.
- .Net - The magazine is one of my favourites (I'm thinking a subscription is due), so it makes sense to keep track of their postings too.
Over the next few weeks I've got several personal projects to accomplish. Firstly there's the Botswana site to complete - it's live, but missing a bit of content. Then I am going to be setting up a new blog/community which is still under wraps. Finally, there is a revolutionary site to finish planning and start developing - more on that later.
Let me know what feeds you like to keep track of. And do you use Google Reader to do so?
[note - I could have provided you with direct-links to each feed, but opted to link to the site so that you can get a 'feel' prior to subscribing]