Megan’s getting pretty decent at HTML, but she still makes mistakes. When we were on Blogger, the interface would alert her of these mistakes at once, while she was writing a blog post. WordPress doesn’t do that. Why does it matter? Having mistakes in your HTML code can invalidate your RSS feed, which means that your blog post updates won’t show up on readers like Bloglovin’ and Google Reader. So I wrote a little WordPress plugin for her and you!


The “RSS Feed Checker” is a WordPress Plugin designed to be a quick, simple check for the validation of your site’s RSS feed. It uses to verify the RSS, then displays the results (pass/fail) on your WordPress Dashboard. The plugin will run the validation every time your dashboard is loaded.

Currently, this plugin requires the cURL framework to function correctly. If the plugin does not work for you, it’s probably because your server doesn’t support cURL.


To install this plugin, follow the simple steps below:

From WordPress Admin Section

  1. Go to Plugins section, click “Add New”
  2. Select “Upload” in the top section
  3. Browse for the file you downloaded above called “”
  4. Click “Install Now”
  5. Once installed, don’t forget to activate the plugin!
  6. You’ll now see the widget on the dashboard.

From FTP (backend)

  1. FTP to your server, and navigate to the WordPress installation.
  2. Unzip the file you downloaded in the top section.
  3. Open /wp-content/plugins folder and upload the “RSS-Feed-Checker” folder from the zip file you downloaded.
  4. Once the folder is there, login to the Admin section of your WordPress blog, and go to the Installed Plugins section
  5. Activate the RSS-Feed-Checker plugin!
  6. You’ll now see the widget on the dashboard.

Let us know if this helps you WordPress users or if you have any ideas for WordPress Plugins you want me to write!