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  • Honestly one of the worst plugins I’ve ever installed, don’t be fooled by the 5 star rating: I had a slow site, adjusted the HTACCESS file as seen elsewhere on and it worked beautifully – under 1 second load time.

    Then I made the grave error of loading this pile of junk: and the site was worse than when I did the manual fix. The HTACCESS file was now so bloated with junk code it worked as well as a brick flies. I had to alter the HTACCESS code back to the suggestion and it worked again.

    Worse, there’s no UNINSTALL, so once this thing has stuffed your site it’s impossible to figure out what you have to undo to make it work again.


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  • Oh, one more thing: it took me a LOT of effort to figure out that this little snippet of joy had completely opened up the content of my site to external editing. It changed the wp-content folder read-write permissions to EVERYONE WRITES. Bad bad bad bad bad.

    To overcome this (for folks like me who do not use UNIX scripts), go to your share host folder and make sure the wp-content folder has the permissions:

    That way you haven’t opened yourself to getting hacked.

    You have been warned, folks, avoid this one like the plague.

    Hello, I understand that you had a lot of trouble setting up this plugin. Here is some information to uninstall and remove all other files.

    Perhaps you should try on a testing site first just in case you might want to install it again.

    Kind regards

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