Support » Plugin: WP-United : phpBB WordPress Integration » CRITICAL: Version Breaks Source Code & Headers On WordPress

  • After upgrading I noticed that there are problems with the source cod. This is critical as search engines should see the entire source. When is activated this happens. It does not happen with I was able to discover this by using the facebook linter as facebook shares began to populate with weird characters during sharing. I confirmed the issue in Google webmaster tools by viewing a page as the Googlebot. I’ve deactivated the plugin until a fix can be found. I would downgrade but that causes problems with inconsistent versions between phpbb and WordPress. Hope this information helps.


    [That’s way too much code to paste here – please use the pastebin – ; not using code buttons also means your code gets corrupted by the forum’s parser ]

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  • Plugin Author jhong



    Can you give me an indication of what is broken in your page source?

    I don’t need to see the source of the whole page — just the part that you think has changed since the previous version.

    You may well find that you have introduced the bug yourself when updating phpBB — perhaps by saving the phpBB files incorrectly (they should be saved as UTF-8 without a byte-order marker.

    Also, please let me know which page(s) this happens on — I’m not sure if you are referring to the forum or the blog portion of your site.

    Hi there, everything is UTF-8. I uploaded the files as is. The problem presented itself after an automatic update using wordpress.

    I then recopied the files manually. I posted the full code on your forum after wordpress would not accept the code here. Here is the link:

    This is what the HTML source code looked like after the upgrade:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "">
    <head><meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"></head>

    And of course now its normal. This is what it looks like before the upgrade and after I deactivated the plugin.

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "">
    <html xmlns="" lang="en-US">
    <head profile="">
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Edge">
    <title>Why Jay-Z Is Willing To Divest Ownership Share of Nets & Become NBA Agent » Rasha Entertainment | Rasha Entertainment</title>
    <link rel="pingback" href="">
    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Rasha Entertainment » Feed" href="">
    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Rasha Entertainment » Comments Feed" href="">

    I really like the plugin… its very much a help to the community. As soon as this bug is fixed I want to reactive as I have to create accounts manually for wordpress contributors now.

    The blog is and the forum is

    Did that help?

    I tried downloading and uploading the plugin again. Still had the same issue. Older version works fine though.

    Would it be possible that you make this a priority? If you need to test again our blog that would be fine.

    [Please stop posting in uppercase & shouting at us. Post de-capped.]

    Can I get an update or resolution please? I just reported a bug to you that affects all wordpress 3.5.1 users. I reproduced it myself.

    We cannot use the forum right now. This is killing my stats on the web. Is anything being done?


    Still broken, does the plugin author think he could reply?

    Hi Mykkal,
    I see you are in a hurry and not getting replies.
    I would like to recommend you to post your issue on
    It is a official support forum for WP-United and there are a lot of guys discussing issues and customizations.
    Maybe you can try there to get solution faster…

    I posted there before here. The plugin author asked one question and disappeared.

    I’ve noticed that in a lot of the support threads. Doesn’t seem like he normally comes up with the solutions… Just the community.

    Plus this is a critical bug affecting anyone using W3tc filesystem caching. Some bug is inserting weird characters into the HTML the search engines see causing them to drop sites from the search results.

    You can only see this in the facebook linter or Google Webmaster. Viewing the source in a web browser looks normal. So…basically most people don’t know anything is amiss until search engine traffic slows down

    Plugin Author jhong



    Sorry for the delay. On the contrary I’m usually quick to respond to support requests, but this is a difficult, busy time.

    It looks to me like you have gzip turned on in phpBB but WordPress or your server is further gzipping content, leaving the forum content to be double-gzipped.

    Try disabling gzip in phpBB, see if it helps.

    Hi Jhong, that doesn’t work. The code that the SEO engines pull from the site is still foul. See below.

    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Cache-Control: max-age=599809, public
    Connection: Keep-Alive
    Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:49:27 GMT
    Keep-Alive: timeout=1, max=100
    Pragma: public
    Content-Length: 15310
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
    Content-Encoding: gzip
    Expires: Sat, 04 May 2013 17:26:17 GMT
    Last-Modified: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:26:17 GMT
    Accept-Ranges: bytes
    ETag: "3bce-4db5af2fc4040"
    Server: Apache
    Vary: Accept-Encoding,Cookie
    X-Powered-By: W3 Total Cache/
    ��}�r9��1�����4�x�]���V�o+��s��PY YR���P%��8��a_�D̉���
    �uz��*�Vd�os�#�a��;�[�=ߋ����XG��*D�*� ��ӷB����O�����W��c�V��,������3�#'r���%�;�Zad9�*��p:�ȳc

    It looks like I can’t use W3tc with regular page. And its hard to mix caching plugins. With opcode caching everyhing is fine. With page cache disabled everything is fine. As soon as I turn page caching on things break.

    Please gix this. The issue seems to be it is not generating this information if a UTF-8 char set. If I disable WP-United every part of W3TC cache works.

    Also noticed people cannot use BBCode on the forum anymore. This is crippling.

    You are right tho… the compression was the problem. If I turn off http compression in w3tc everything seems to work. But thats a big drop in pagespeed.

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