WordPress XML Sitemap problem

Let’s imagine that we have just installed a plugin for generating a Sitemap, check certain Sitemap URL, and received the following error:

This page contains the following errors:
error on line * at column *: XML declaration allowed only at the start of the document
Below is a rendering of the page up to the first error.

The reason is that one of the php files of the site has key phrase <?php not at the beginning of the first line, or not at the first line, like:

    <?php ...

or:


<?php ...

You need to fix it by removing the whitespace before <?php.

  • Check the file <wordpress_installation_path>/wp-config.php;
  • Change design theme to another. If the problem disappears, then you need to check all the existing php files in the origin theme;
  • Check all plugins. They may contain some incorrect php files. Instructions can be found in this article.

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