[Resolved] corrupt wordfence installation – careful it will lock everybody out!!
[ Modereator note: de-capped. Please don’t use all-caps again, it’s considered rude. ]
i run several blogs – all of which are protected with wordfence. basically i am very happy with wf. but the following has now alrd happened to me 3 times: when you move a wp site to a new ip address or re-install a site from a backup it can happen that suddenly wordfence gets corrupted and locks everyone out with the message fake google crawler. even sending the unlock code will not work. so to regain access to my site i have to ftp in my site and rename the wordfence plugin directory to regain access to my site. then i have to uninstall the plugin.
but now comes the bitter part: even though you choose to uninstall the plugin and also also select to delete all its files it will leave some stuff in the database that it does not clean out when uninstalling. basically poor coding in the un-install routines of wordfence. consequently re-installing the plugin will not work because once re-installed it immedeatly locks everyone incld yourself out again…
that is where i had to get a coding/mysql guy in who manually had to clean some tables in the db. only after such manual cleaning can you re-install wordfence again.
which basically sucks because if you are like me not a guy who is comfortable cleaning tables and stuff in the wp database you need to hire someone to do this work.
hence my request to wordfence: do a proper uninstall routine which also cleans the wp database of any traces of wordfence so that one can do a true re-install of wordfence from scratch.
thanks – dominik
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