Support » Plugin: Wordfence Security - Firewall & Malware Scan » error 503 after making a post

  • Resolved tribalmixes


    after i make a post my site naturally beautiful life (hosted on godaddy cheapest option with 500mb ram) goes missing for up to 1 hour with 503 error (with strong timeouts) with a dozen extra php processes created. after a while pinpointed problem to wordfence. just now after reading some points switched firewall into learning mode. made a post – site didn’t disappear, although 95% resources were used for a while..

    what happens when post is made locally? why firewall goes all crazy and checks a bunch of stuff somehow? i am not sure, if i whitelist posting script, will it somehow jeopardize some other holes that could be there?

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by tribalmixes.
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  • so much for cranking up free support. disabling the plugin. should i proceed to rating it?

    I’m not sure how exactly you are monitoring the server resources and do you mean CPU and memory usage or just one of them? also, is this spike in resources usage always happen after you post a new post regardless the post contents (are you using a specific page builder?), did you try to disable Wordfence -temporarily- and re-check this issue?


    Not every plugin is for everyone… security plugins as complex as Wordfence require quite a bit of hands-on work for optimal performance, as well as fairly robust hosting. Your might consider upgrading your hosting. At the least, consider how many other plugins you are running and perhaps disable as many as possible while trouble shooting Wordfence. Likewise, disable Wordfence scanning or at least uncheck most of the scan options, to reduce server load from scans that could confuse the issue. MTN

    well, i see now that my questions did not get answered. I was asking why there could be so much activity, and the answer was “this plugin is not for everyone”. I’ve been running wordpress sites for the last 10 years. but oh well, i guess this is not for me..

    on the other hand, i’ve finally found the real culprit, and it’s jetpack. more specific: the process when jetpack shares your new post to all the social networks you set up, this way there’s a lot of activity happening right after the post is published, thus the reason site overloads for a while…

    for now my solution will be turning off jetpack when i publish posts… then manually sharing them… or getting rid of jetpack in general..

    @tribalmixes I think there is a misunderstanding over here, so please allow me to clear it up, although “mountainguy2” is one of Wordfence users and he is very active here in the forums and his replies are usually very helpful (we do appreciate that and encourage users to get involved in the forums helping each others) but he is not one of the Wordfence team, all Wordfence staff members will have a ‘wf’ in front of their names. So basically, the answer to your question is not “this plugin is not for everyone”, instead the answer was my reply here where I asked for more information to narrow down this issue.

    Finally, I’m glad you found the culprit and I recommend reporting this issue to Jetpack plugin team as they should be able to debug this issue and provide you with further assistance.


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