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“error” on a blank webpage

September 15

I discovered today a way to lock myself out of my own website!
I was using a WordPress Plugin called Better WP Security for awhile and all seemed well. I had placed my IP in the whitelist but do not have a dedicated IP through my ISP. Then, I purchased and ran Website Insight by Coffeecup Software and discovered how to make many improvements to this site

When I attempted to access this site to make improvements, I received a blank screen with only one word in the upper left of the screen.

“error”

I used another CPU, same result. I could access my site via FTP and tracert indicated no issues. I contacted my Webhost who said all was fine. A test from my Galaxy III phone showed all was well until I enabled the WiFi and got the same error message. Seems my ISP is somehow blocking this? Contacted Comcast/Xfinity who said I must call another support section. I continued to test rather than call and eliminated network devices except the modem and the site worked — so it’s not my ISP…

I then replaced the router with an old spare and again the site worked until I put the existing router back and “error” was my only webpage. I contacted Linksys who wanted $30 to troubleshoot so I purchased a replacement router instead since mine was 7+ years old and I anticipated this to be the first sign of increasing failures.  BUZZZZ – I was mistaken!

Having 30+ years electronic communications systems experience, I looked for more answers to what may prevent only one site from functioning. A router this old has a very limited firewall with no site or IP blocking configuration. I did find a better answer here by Dezzy100 indicating that perhaps my IP had been banned. Having multiple security plugins installed, I decided to see if this may be the issue.

Using FTP, I renamed the plugin folder so WordPress would automatically deactivate them all and indeed I now had full access again. Using FTP, I restored the plugin directory name and began activating them one at a time. The moment Better WP Security was activated, I was given the “error” only screen. A little more research and I find Better WP Security – Blank page with “error” – no site or backend access and Better WP Security – Blank page “error”.

I may still use Better WP Security but must eliminate 404 errors and be cautious of it’s configuration. As for the new router? I intend to use it as an addition, if not a replacement.

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Google Typography -vs- G-Font

September 12

Google typography is a FREE plugin for WordPress that allows anyone (and mostly non-techies) to use any of the 600+ fonts from the Google Fonts database and apply them to any font on their WordPress site without writing a lick of code. This is a very nice plugin that I’ve not discovered any compatibility issues with it and other plugins I use.

G-Font does everything Google typography does plus more but it has some minor issues and is NOT free. G-Font and TinyMCE plugins were NOT initially compatible. As soon as I activated the G-Font plugin, all Visual editing capability was lost, there were no menu items and no text/graphics displayed, not even the editing area appeared. Only Text editing was available. I pointed this out to its creator and he has improved it significantly. I experience a few glitches when both are active but generally they work together.

I use Ultimate TinyMCE for most visual editing and ALL icons vanish when G-Font is activated. If I deactivate Ultimate TinyMCE plugin, then the G-Font plugin seems to work and visual editing is back with about 5% of the icons I use with Ultimate TinyMCE. Here one can either choose which to keep and discard the other or consistently switch between them by disabling one before enabling the other.
Another issue with G-Font is that it will not work on a local host envionment with XAMPP, it results in a message stating, “Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.”  Its developer had me check some Xampp settings and nothing needed changing but it activated and worked. Not sure what caused the initial issue.

There is also a paid version called Ultimate TinyMCE Google Webfonts. I have not yet tested this. Google Webfonts is included in Ultimate Tinymce PRO for free.

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