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How to Fix WordPress FeedBurner Feeds Not Updating

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How to Fix WordPress FeedBurner Feeds Not Updating

In the past we have shown you how to setup FeedBurner for your WordPress site. Recently we had an issue here at WPBeginner where our Feedburner feed was not updating. We published a post 8 hours ago, and our feed was still not updated. After some tinkering around and research, we managed to find several potential solutions. In this article, we will show you how to fix WordPress FeedBurner feeds not updating.

Update: We no longer recommend using FeedBurner because it’s a dying product full of bugs. Please read this article to see why you shouldn’t use FeedBurner and find out about the alternatives.

Activate Pingshot

If you followed our step by step guide to setting up FeedBurner, then you should already have Pingshot activated. If you haven’t, then you should try activating it. Once you log into FeedBurner, select your feed and click on the publicize tab near the top of the dashboard. In the left column you will now see a button for “Pingshot”. Click on this and select “activate”. This will cause your feed to ping every time there is an update.

pingshot

Some users suggested that this fixed the issue for them. Since we already had this activated, it was not a solution for us. So we jumped into the Troubleshootize tab in FeedBurner where it told us to Ping our feed.

Ping Your Feed

In the “troubleshootize” tab, click on the “pinging feedburner” link. This will bring you to a page where you can type in your blog’s URL. Press the “Ping Feedburner” button to update your feed immediately rather than waiting on Feedburner’s automatic update that happens every 30 minutes.

ping

We tried doing that, but it did not work. It returned error saying invalid address. Again in forums, folks suggested that this worked for them. But as you can see with our reaction, it did not work for us. As we scrolled down the list of troubleshooting options, there was the option to Resync your feed.

Resync Your Feed

On the troubleshootize page if you scroll down to the bottom, you will find a button labeled “Resync Now”. Clicking on it will clear Feedburner’s cache and refill it with your new content. We clicked on that button and “WOOT” it was fixed.

resync

Our new content was now appearing on the feed, but why should we have to do this every time? There should be a solution that would fix the issue permanently. After doing a bit more research, we found that this issue was being caused by caching plugin. We did a quick research and found several users having this issue while using W3 Total Cache. Frederick Townes, developer of this plugin, had also suggested a fix for these.

Not Caching Feeds

As a matter of last resort, if you have a caching plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP-Supercache installed then you may have to clear the cache from your admin panel or simply disable caching the feeds. Although this is written for W3 Total Cache, a similar method will work for other plugins. Go to “Performance” in the left hand column. Under that there should be an option for “Page Cache”. Click on it and then uncheck the box that reads “Cache feeds: site, categories, tags, comments”. This will prevent your plugin’s cache from backing up and not allowing Feedburner to display new content.

cache

Also note that FeedBurner will not process an original feed over 512kb. If you find yourself into this problem a lot (or notice the solutions in this article aren’t working), reduce the number of posts displayed in your WordPress feeds by going to Settings &raquo Reading page.

Now you have the way to fix WordPress FeedBurner feeds not updating. Did these methods worked for you? or did you try something else that worked? Do let us know in the comments.


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  • Raj

    followed all your steps but didn’t work either of them.
    disabled w3 total cache plugin hurrrr feedburner update to all latest post.

  • sureyea

    I have deactivated w3tc and now it worked. i dont know how this happens. you have posted article on configuring w3tc but i need a detailed article on configuring w3tc. W3TC confilcting many things.

    By the way thanks for this post SYED

  • sureyea

    activated pingshot, pinged feedburener, tried Resync now option and i use w3tc and haven’t checked cache feeds option and everything is setted prerfectly by still latest posts not showing in feeds.

    It takes a day ! anyone help me plz

  • Juan

    I also spend hours looking to solve the same problem. I try to disable the feed option on W3TC but don’t works and then I disable the plugin W3TC and works, the last posts appear on my feedburner.

    Thank you for this post…

  • H. Major

    Thank you. I use Quick Cache and had to go to “Client-Side Cache” and change Browser Cache to false. Then, I resynced (on Feedburner) and the @##%^ feed *finally* displayed my latest post.

    I really appreciate it. :)

  • Scott Bowser

    I’m a podcaster using Feedburner on a WordPress site to publish my feed to iTunes. How do I update the feed to make new episodes show up? I was with a podcast network that was hand coding my feed but now I’m doing it myself. I have several episodes that I need to get up but they aren’t showing. Thank you. Very helpful post.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Not sure how the podcasting part works. Do you have the resync option like we showed in the article above?

  • Mary Beth

    Do you know anything about Feedburner feeds dropping to zero overnight last night?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      FeedBurner tends to do that due to glitches.

  • http://twitter.com/Asif2BD M Asif Rahman

    Thanks for insightful and detailed article as always. Good luck to you Syed.

  • Chad Warner

    Thanks! Pinging Feedburner fixed it for me.

  • CliffWeathers

    This was a big help. I never would have guessed that W3 Total Cache was the culprit. Of course, now it makes sense. I never quite understood the need for caching feeds anyway. Aren’t they the last thing that you’d want to cache?

  • daclements

    @WPMods ahh yes. I remember turning off caching for feeds. That’s why I didn’t have this problem

    • WPMods

      @daclements it’s all good now. W3Cache is a great plugin but if you don’t have the settings right it can really mess things up.

      • daclements

        @WPMods it sure can. Works pretty good out of the box, but a single wrong setting can throw things off (as with anything I suppose)

  • soquinn

    For me, feeds are updating but it seems that feedburner is randomly sending out older posts? Not sure if that is because it’s not finding a new post each day so it’s grabbing old ones instead? The site’s wp feed is correctly displayed by post date.

  • andrewrondeau

    Just had the same problem. Now fixed – thanks to your easy to follow solutions.

    Andrew

  • Carma Leichty

    Very helpful article! I needed this about 3 months ago when my feedburner stopped working. I did the exact steps you mention above. I will bookmark this for future reference. Thanks!

  • zgoehner

    Also note that Feedburner will not process an original feed over 512kb. If you find yourself into this problem a lot (or notice the solutions in this article aren’t working), reduce the number of posts displayed in your WP feeds.

    • wpbeginner

      @zgoehner Very true. Added it in the article.

    • jongalloway

      @zgoehner I wanted another option – other than just reducing the number of posts or switching to summaries – so I wrote a little plugin that shows full text for recent posts (50, configurable) and summary for old posts. Might help people out – I wished there was something like that when I kept running into this problem. It’s called Excerpt Old Posts: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/excerpt-old-posts/

    • sanyam jain

      nothing of the above worked but ur tip of reducing the number of posts worked like charm…. thnx …