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  • So you are locked out of your admin area?

    Do you have FTP access to your site?

    Plugin Author Wordfence



    You can find an answer to this on our support site here:

    Please note that our ticketing system provider is busy upgrading our SSL certificate so just ignore the warning you get when you try to visit that URL. (Not our fault, sorry)

    I’m going to paste the whole page here to save you time:

    The following instructions are for site owners. If you are trying to regain access to a site that you do not manage, please contact the site owner for access.

    First please make sure that it’s actually Wordfence that is locking you out of your site. There are many plugins that offer a “lock out” feature and quite a few of them that don’t work well.

    If you are locked out by Wordfence you’ll see a message giving you a reason you’re locked out and explaining how to unlock access to your own site. Whenever Wordfence locks a user out it provides a “Reason:” with a reason describing why you’re locked out. You can use this reason to determine which firewall rule you need to modify to prevent this from happening in future.

    If you post on the forums, make sure you include the “Reason: [explanation]” text or a screenshot of the locked-out page so that we can tell you what to change to prevent getting locked out in future.

    Here’s how you regain access to your site: The easiest way to solve this problem immediately is to simply delete the Wordfence files from your WordPress installation. You can do that as follows:

    Connect to your server using the method your normally use to upload files. Most people either use FTP or SFTP to do this.
    Remove the Wordfence directory (or folder if you prefer). If your site has the standard WordPress structure, you can do this by simply deleting the wp-content/plugins/wordfence/ directory and everything underneath it.

    The above procedure will immediately unlock your site. If you are still seeing a message that you’re locked out, make sure you disable any caching plugins like W3 Total Cache, or clear their cache. If you can’t access the site to disable the caching plugin, you may have to temporarily rename the caching plugin directory to disable it. You may also have to clear any caches on a front-end caching proxy if you have an advanced configuration.

    In the highly unusual case that you don’t have access to your own files on your server, you will need to log a support call with your web hosting company or whoever manages your server and ask them to delete the wp-content/plugins/wordfence folder.

    How to reinstall Wordfence once you’re regained access:

    Once you have disabled Wordfence, if you reinstall it, you may be locked out again. Here is how you avoid this from happening:
    Don’t install or activate Wordfence yet.
    Install the Wordfence Assistant plugin. You can find it by going to Plugins and Add New. Then do a search for “wordfence assistant” without quotes. You can also find it on this page in the official Wordfence plugin repository.
    Activate the plugin.
    Go to the “WF Assistant” menu.
    Click the button to disable the Wordfence firewall.
    Now you can install and activate Wordfence itself and you won’t be locked out.
    Once Wordfence has been activated, disable the feature of Wordfence that locked you out.
    Then reactivate the Wordfence firewall by going to the Wordfence options page and checking the box to activate the firewall and hit Save.
    You can optionally uninstall the Wordfence Assistant plugin.

    I’m sure that wordfence blocked my several ip address, he assume that I clicked some post surpass human’s behaviour. And I’m blocked. i already done the step above but no help. I can’t go to the admin panel, not even seeing the site. even my FTP cannot be accessed anymore. I think wordfence locked out my IP. how can I free my locked IP?
    please help me thank you

    Follow the advice as suggested above:

    In the highly unusual case that you don’t have access to your own files on your server, you will need to log a support call with your web hosting company or whoever manages your server and ask them to delete the wp-content/plugins/wordfence folder.

    Plugin Author Wordfence



    Wordfence does not lock you out of CPanel or FTP, so you should still have access.



    thank you very much for your help, I end up using vpn’s ip to gain access again to my site. I don’t know what happen but as long as I can access the website it should be ok for me.





    Great Info “plugin author” I searched all morning, deleted the files renamed them, read the wordfence support forum and still no answerer. I’m so glad you posted this answer on the wordpress support thread. Awesome plugin “Wordfence Assistant plugin”! Probably the most useful I used in quite sometime. 5 star rating!! I highly recommend it..

    I opened a thread asking this same question 10-mins ago. I will close it and direct traffic this way

    Thanks again!

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