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[resolved] McAfee Site Advisor - AddOn Domains May Be the Problem (2 posts)

  1. scotte68
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    My hypothesis is that McAfee SiteAdvisor does not like Add-On domains. the problem may be that only TOP LEVEL Domains can be verified.

    I'm basing that on the following....

    I was able to verify my top level domain after I did the following.

    This worked for TOP LEVEL domain:
    - Deactivate all Plugins
    - Use the default theme TwentyTen
    - rename the .htaccess to .htaccessold
    - Go Back to McAfee SiteAdvisor and click "Request Verification File"
    * You should now see the McAfee Validation File name.
    - Create the file and upload to your host in the root directory
    - Go Back to McAfee SiteAdvisor and click the "Verify" Button
    - rename the .htaccessold to .htaccess

    However, I tried the same steps for one of my add-on domains and I still go the error Site returning an HTTP 2xx or 3xx status response code in the header of 404 pages.

    I deleted the site and installed completely from scratch. I deleted both the default plugins (askimet and Hello dolly) and I renamed the .htaccess file.

    An Addon Domain is a domain name that points to a different subdirectory on your account. This gives you the ability to make it look like an entirely different website.

    My Sites:
    ScottsIdeas Top Level Domain - Verified with McAfee
    ScottsWebTips add-on - Unable to Verify
    Scotts2012gear add-on - Unable to Verify

  2. scotte68
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay, just spent 30 min with my host and we figured it out.

    For Sub-domains, we had to rename the .htaccess file in the top level domain folder AS WELL AS the .htaccess in the sub-domain folder.

    I was then able to open a validation request and validate my sub-domain.

    Also, you may need to de-activate all plugins and use the default TwentyTen theme. I de-activated all my plugins and requested verification using the default theme.

    STEPS for TOP LEVEL DOMAIN
    - Deactivate all Plugins
    - Use the default theme TwentyTen
    - rename the .htaccess to .htaccessold
    - Go Back to McAfee SiteAdvisor and click "Request Verification File"
    * You should now see the McAfee Validation File name.
    - Create the file and upload to your host in the root directory
    - Go Back to McAfee SiteAdvisor and click the "Verify" Button
    - rename the .htaccessold to .htaccess

    STEPS for SUB-DOMAIN
    - Deactivate all Plugins
    - Use the default theme TwentyTen
    - rename the top level htaccess to .htaccessold
    - rename the sub-domain .htaccess to .htaccessold
    - Go Back to McAfee SiteAdvisor and click "Request Verification File"
    * You should now see the McAfee Validation File name.
    - Create the file and upload to your host in the root directory
    - Go Back to McAfee SiteAdvisor and click the "Verify" Button
    - rename the Top level domain .htaccessold to .htaccess
    - rename the sub-domain .htaccessold to .htaccess

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