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  • Having just lost a post I spent an hour working on, I am a little p.o.ed. So excuse the heat. I’ve been having a problem where when I click “save” or “publish,” I get a page with a one line message telling me I need to enable sending referrers for “this feature” (whatever that is) to work. When I hit the back button, my post is gone and WordPress did not save it.

    After losing more than one post this way, I started copying my post to a text document before clicking save. Needless to say, I didn’t do that this morning, and I lost a post I spent an hour writing.

    I realize there are instructions in the documentation for enabling sending referrers, and I tried those for both Firefox and IE. They didn’t work!

    I have never had this problem until after upgrading to 2.02. Why is WordPress doing this?

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  • The exact error would be useful — often the first part is the real error ,and because of that error, you get the sending referrers thing.

    For instance, do any of your plugins have extra whitespace at the very top or very bottom of them?

    Thread Starter greypilgrim


    The exact error is “You must enable sending referrers for this feature to work.” There is a link to the page in the Support documentation on enabling sending referrers. I have done what that page suggests, but it has not worked.

    Sometimes I can post with no problem, sometimes I can’t. Strangely, when I’m using my computer at work, behind a firewall, I don’t have this problem. It’s only recently cropped up, and it’s only on my home computers. Do I need to log out of WordPress after every use?

    You could try this?

    Thread Starter greypilgrim


    I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the link. Is there a reason why this problem is occurring? Is it because I use too many different computers to do my blogging?

    I had some luck messing with Norton’s privacy settings as mentioned in the Codex.

    I have installed over a dozen blogs for people and for each one this problem has come up at least once. It usually happens after I upgrade their software. The problem normally goes away with cookie deletion or just a little patience. It happened to one of my blogs the first time yesterday and the former cookie approach fixed it.

    Nonetheless, I think this is a significant issue that needs to be resolved in further releases.

    This happened to me and it killed me! For the longest time. I tried every damn thing I could find in the codex and on google to fix it, and nothing worked. Then, based on a suggestion (from Lorelle, I think), I checked the wp-admin options page and found that my site was listed as www dot sitename dot com rather than sitename dot com (notice the lack of www), which is what I always browsed to. I removed the www, saved it and boom! All was well. If you can’t change it there, you can do it in your mysql database.

    May not work for you, but it worked for me!

    monkeypup – add that to the faq on this on the codex… 😉

    I just might do that, you plugin-master, you.

    I’ve added to the Codex, this:
    FAQ about Sending Referrer message

    But monkeypup, did you change both the WordPress address (URI) and the Blog address (URI)?

    Oops, link not working but it’s here:

    under this question–

    Why do I get an error message about Sending Referrers?

    I did. I made sure they matched, and I also made sure to change my browser shortcuts to match.

    I edited edit-form-advanced.php (v.1.5.2) to include a small reminder (as text) right before the “save and continue editing” button. Maybe that will help without affecting security.

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