Wordfence – scan stuck or frozen

Coming to this post means that you probably have the WordPress plugin Wordfence installed. That is fantastic! I’ve only been using it for a week as of the typing to this post, but my outlook on the plugin is high appreciation. The reason:

  1. It’s free – as in air
  2. It’s comprehensive – lots of settings, but straight out of the box it works*
  3. It’s got more – albeit at a cost, but hey the premium options look amazing
  4. It fixes issues and reports

Now instead of rambling on about how this plugin works, the reason for this particular post is to help others who like myself would have struggled against a critical issue which in my opinion breaks the plugin immediately – It NEVER finishes a scan, or it very rarely does.

Scouring the Internet showed me these potential fixes:

  1. Log in as Admin (or admin user) -> Click Wordfence -> Click Options -> Scroll to the bottom and input 15 (some say 25) for the time out value
  2. If you know that your host is running Litespeed Server (rather then Apache or Nginx or IIS) then this is what fixed my issue. Using Filezilla locate the .htaccess file in your root directory (cPanel it is /public_html). Then edit the .htaccess file and input …

RewriteRule .* - [E=noabort:1]

just after the line that says…

RewriteRule /

Save and then upload the changed file to your website. Hey presto problem solved.

For the last fix check here – https://support.wordfence.com/support/solutions/articles/1000129050-running-wordfence-under-litespeed-web-server-and-preventing-process-killing-or

*  if you are running Litespeed you MUST change your .htaccess file for it to work.

Digital Ocean to Binary Lane – High Ping causes split

For awhile now TechCare has rented a VPS (Virtual Private Server) from a very sleek band of heroes called Digital Ocean. Now they have been very good to me. Fast support, fast VPS, for TechCare’s needs it was a great relationship.

So why did you leave them? They seem great!

Well it isn’t their fault directly. However their rent-able VPS’s reside in a fiber-optic-cable-502894_640Data Centre (at least mine did) that is located in Singapore. Which normally would provide fantastic throughput and great latency (70ms ping). However in the last year or so, the Fiber Optic cable – Submarine cable codenamed SEA-ME-WE-3 – has been broken or cut or dragged or just degraded to the point where traffic stopped flowing and subsequently redirected by engineers through a longer, more busy Fiber Optic cable. Now my ping varies all over the show. At best it hovers around the 200ms mark. At worse I’ve seen it go all the way up to 1 whole second. On top of this packet loss is more regular.

Now that is some high ping. Which is not very cool.

So I’ve been forced to migrate my server to Binary Lane. Don’t know much about these guys, but their price (factoring in GST is being included and the exchange rate) is almost identical. I’m hoping that this new found relationship will thrive seeing that popular Aus Gamers website uses them.

If you want to read iiNet’s press release on the matter feel free to go here – iiNet Faults