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HTML code is displayed in my blog post

edited October 2012 in MarsEdit
I am new to Mars Edit, and just downloaded a trial version. I created a post, but when I publish it, it publishes all of the HTML code in the blog post. I selected to use RTF in the preferences, and I can't find any reason why the code is being displayed ... If I can get it working, I love the software !


  • Hi there - This kind of HTML tag corruption is the tell-tale sign of a well known but unfortunately wide-spread server configuration problem. Your server administrator needs to update the libxml and php libraries on the server:

    Once the libraries are fixed on the server the bracket stripping problem should clear right up! In the event that your server administrators are not willing to fix the problem on their servers, you may be able to work around the problem by installing a special WordPress plugin designed to help with the problem:

  • Well, on a positive note, I'm glad it's not just me. I contacted my hosting company Fatcow, and was told I am running PHP v5.3, but that LibXML was not a standard software that the hosting company installs (or that gets installed with Wordpress??). It's something I would need to install. I decided to first run the Plugin to see if that would fix the problem, but it did NOT. I googled and found the following instructions for installing LibXML:
    If you could confirm that these instructions appear correct, I'd appreciate it, and I'll fumble through the install. Seems like alot to go through to get industry standard stuff to work. Thought FatCow was a reputable company.
    And will I need to downgrade PHP to v5.2.9 ??
  • Oh, and could it have anything to do with my theme Headway v2.0.13 (using simply as a test platform)? Sorry, I'm pretty technical, but confused not the less ....
  • Accepted Answer
    Hi there - unfortunately I'm not in a position to say definitively whether the libxml2 installation instructions are appropriate for your configuration with Fatcow. It's distressing that they don't support libxml2 by default, since it's so common and used by basic stuff such as WordPress.

    You absolutely should not need to downgrade PHP to 5.2.9. This is a situation where some hosts had upgraded to specific versions of PHP and libxml2 that are incompatible with each other. Upgrading them will fix the issue and as far as I know there is no issue thereafter.

    Fatcow should be ashamed if they are not willing to address this for you. Hosting WordPress is a very common behavior for anybody with a self-hosted account.
  • Oops, forgot to activate the plug-in LOL. All is happy now. I still sent off a nasti-gram to Fatcow!!
  • Great to hear it is working now!
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