My Joomla site is just not creating RSS Feeds at all. The Syndicate module just comes up blank. When I call up the RSS URL directly usinghttp://westchester.com/index.php?format=feed&type=rss
I just get an Error 500 screen.
I checked my web hosting account access logs and see
188.8.131.52 - - [31/May/2010:14:17:58 -0400] "GET /index.php?format=feed&type=rss HTTP/1.1" 500 1474 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; Zune 4.0; OfficeLiveConnector.1.5; OfficeLivePatch.1.3)"
which confirms the Error 500. An Error 500 indicates something on the server side preventing the RSS feed program from completing. But there are no other clues as to what is wrong.
Here is my System Info from the Joomla Admin Help Area:
PHP Built on: Linux gandalf.spcdns.net 2.6.9-89.0.25.ELsmp #1 SMP Thu May 6 12:28:03 EDT 2010 i686
Database Version: 4.1.22-standard
Database Collation: utf8_general_ci
PHP Version: 5.2.6
Web Server: Apache/2.0.63 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.0.63 OpenSSL/0.9.7a mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/184.108.40.20635 PHP/5.2.6
Web Server to PHP interface: apache2handler
Joomla! Version: Joomla! 1.5.18 Stable [ wojmamni ama wojnaiki ] 27-May-2010 18:00 GMT
and here is PHP Info:
Safe Mode: Off
Open basedir: /home/bantanew:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php:/tmp
Display Errors: Off
Short Open Tags: On
File Uploads: On
Magic Quotes: On
Register Globals: Off
Output Buffering: Off
Session Save Path: /tmp
Session Auto Start: 0
XML Enabled: Yes
Zlib Enabled: Yes
Disabled Functions: show_source, system, shell_exec, passthru, exec, popen, proc_open, allow_url_fopen
Mbstring Enabled: Yes
Iconv Available: Yes
WYSIWYG Editor: Editor - No Editor
Yet, components I use can generate their own RSS feeds, like SOBI2 at this location: http://westchester.com/marketplace/directory/rss.html
So the problem is specific to the default Joomla RSS feed creation program. I upgraded to Joomla v1.5.18 and still have the same problem. I could swear the RSS data feeds worked earlier, but cannot tell you when they stopped working other than that I noticed it this week. I am not aware of any software changes or updates made on my dedicated server recently. But I need to isolate the problem so I can correct it.
I really need to get this fixed as error logs show many search engine bots are trying to read my RSS feed and getting rejected.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!