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Unwanted Link Embedded in Sidebar (6 posts)

  1. TZRlaura
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My sidebar at http://www.tzreads.org has become one big link to another page on my site. It's an especially big problem because when people click on our donate button (we're a nonprofit), they get sent to another page instead of google wallet.

    I am not a programmer, nor do I know much code, but I know my way around a computer and will learn what I need to in order to get this fixed. I assume it's something in the sidebar code - I'm just not sure where to find that or what to change when I get there.

    I'm sure it's really simple - please help! Advice is much appreciated.

  2. Tara
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  3. TZRlaura
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks so much for the links! And yikes...hard to believe a site could get hacked so easily. I'll definitely try to amp up the security.

    I'm not convinced, though. I don't see any malicious or out-of-place code in any of the places the articles recommended I check. The problem is only on the homepage. On other tabs, the sidebar (and the donate button) functions as expected. And the weird, misplaced link goes to a page on our own site. Does this still sound like a hack?

    Again, thank you! These articles were super informative - definitely a wake up call, as I hadn't even thought about security for such a small endeavor.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I agree - thankfully, it's not a hack on this occasion. :-) If you examine the source of your generated home page. just above the sidebar, you'll see:

    <a href="”http://tzreads.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Flag_Tanza</p">

    It's the unclosed (malformed?) link that is causing the whole sidebar to turn into a link.

  5. TZRlaura
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you, esmi! I think I got it fixed. Thank you thank you thank you!

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You're welcome :-)

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