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  • Resolved meriellloyd


    When trying to update a post or page on local dev site i keep getting this error “Updating failed. Error message: The response is not a valid JSON response.”

    Doesn’t happen on live site.

    I have run Health Check & Troubleshooting mode but still get the error so it’s not a theme or plugin issue.

    I DON’T get the error when running the Classic Editor plugin. I prefer the new block editor so would like to fix this issue than rather just avoid it.

    Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 12 months ago by James Huff. Reason: moved to Locahost Installs forum
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  • Editing /etc/apache2/apache2.conf and changing

    AllowOverride None
    AllowOverride All for /var/www.

    Solved this for me.

    Followed this amazing guide for installing WP on a Raspberry:

    And in the end you are told to change the same thing in:

    But I also had to change it in the first file mentioned here. Now everything works!

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by eriklanden.

    OMG!!! I have been searching for a solution for MONTHS!!
    In another thread someone posted this:

    “So I was able to figure this out!

    I called my hosting provider (GoDaddy) and they said it was due to my Security Package not allowing my IP address to go through.

    All I had to do was add my IP address to the firewall whitelist and then I was able to edit pages again!

    TRY IT! ”


    I whitelisted my IP (which must have changed at some point) with my security provider ( and it solved my problem! Finally!

    So happy!!

    In my case, I have created a child theme, in function.php I have written some custom code for excerpt and read more, that causes edit/update problem

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by soumyavg.


    Just a data point, no idea if this will help anyone: I was repeatedly getting this error when trying to update a specific page. Updating Permalinks didn’t fix it. The error seemed to be caused by a paragraph containing the word “database(s)”. When I changed it to just “databases”, I stopped getting the error.

    Big thanks to @agentsully — I was able to quickly add myself to the sucuri firewall whitelist and continue to edit my pages.

    thank you!

    Looks like your question was answered in a comment some hours ago, but adding a link so it’s visible for those who are looking for the same information.

    Hi everyone. My site had been suffering from this issue for several months until yesterday. I wasn’t able to update my pages and add widgets to my footer and header. I could not find a solution anywhere on the internet, so I felt I have to post the solution I found.

    This issue was related to the ModSecurity tool.

    ModSecurity is an Apache module that works as a web application firewall. It blocks known exploits and protects from a range of attacks against web applications. However, sometimes, mod_security may incorrectly determine that a certain request is malicious while it is actually legitimate. In such situations, you can whitelist the triggered mod_security rule on the server so that you can bypass the block. I contacted my hosting, explained the situation, and they whitelisted all the rules that were being blocked by ModSecurity incorrectly.

    They did it in a matter of minutes, and everything worked!

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)


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