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Maintaining the # of web page url's? (13 posts)

  1. CJDark
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    First I do not know if this is an issue with WordPress or not. So let me explain the issue I have.

    I run through bluehost and have Sitelock to monitor my web page, which uses WordPress. I was to,ld by sitelock that I needed a security upgrade because my page contained to many web page URL's.. So I upgraded. That solved that problem for a few months and now it is back again as my page is exceeding the 2,500 scan limit so they want me to upgrade again to a personalized plan. I asked them if they could explain to me how to manually reduce the # of web page URL's so I didn't need the upgrade. I got zero response at that point.

    I write a daily blog. THAT is all I do with the web page. So I don't add new URL's or new content with HTML links to new URL pages. So I am under the assumption that since all I do is write a blog update 3-5 times a week that the new URL web pages they are 'scanning' that exceed the 2500 limit are the new updates with the links to the new blogs. And if that is the case then I have to simply delete them to reduce the overall # (correct?).

    But here is the thing. I was wondering if their is a way in WP itself to have this done automatically or a plugin that will do it? Because it takes time to weed through all the old blogs one by one and delete them manually.. but if it has to be done it has to be done. I'd like to simply set a limit for how old the data is and have it auto removed after a certain expiration date.. purging all the old data.. or something like archiving it in to one URL location so it isn't a high number of URL's that is still cluttering up the site.

    And again, I may be off base on this being what has caused the web page url's to far exceed the 2500 limit.. but I can't find any of those URL's in my public_HTML file manager on the hosting service to delete any of them (not even in the WP directory either).. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I can't find any of those URL's in my public_HTML file manager on the hosting service to delete any of them

    All of your web pages are generated on demand from your database. There are no physical files to delete.

  3. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The URLs exist in the database. There isn't any files to look at or delete.

    posts and pages are URLs
    images are URLs
    tags and categories too, etc. Anything you make is a URL

    Personally I feel that sitelock is a bit of a waste of $$$. Seems to be the consensus 'round the webz, especially if you aren't storing personal data for customer transactions, etc.

    YOu can backup all your files yourself, and you can backup your mysql DB yourself. For free.... that's what I do (I'm also on bluehost)

  4. CJDark
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So there is no way to reduce the overall # of URL's? It will always continue to go up past 2500? IS there any way to reduce the # in the database?

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You could try actually deleting Posts. How many are listed as published in your dashboard? And how many Pages are published?

  6. CJDark
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well I was new at this entire web page thing and my site was flagged by google as "suspicious" because it was hacked. So I spent some money (reduced rate thankfully as I got the service more then 50% off from Sitelock) to get that all cleared up. And it worked.

    Now they have their hand in my cookie jar again telling me that they can't search all my files with the plan I have since they exceed a number and want me to upgrade at full price (which I never intended to do, actually I never intended to renew at all once the year ran out because I believe as you do that sitelock isn't needed). I don't have any date or content on the page itself outside of text docs that I don't care about losing.

    I just don't want to be hacked or flagged again. My only concern.

  7. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It will continue to grow and grow if you continue to make posts.

    You would need to delete all the old pics too. Possibly any old tags. Any empty tags.

    I don't know how there scanning works. But any relationships within posts between images and tags and posts, etc may generate URLs. Each category, and date also has links to each post. I could go on, I'm not sure how much of this data goes away with a post deletion.

    I don't know of any efficient way to handle this. If you don't know code.... you probably (definitely) shouldn't be mucking in the database. One slip in there and your site is toast.

    I would reconsider your use of sitelock. YOu are jumping through a lot of hurdles for a service which offers little value for the type of site you run. If I may offer my opinion.

  8. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    There is a plugin IIRC that expires older posts.... dunno if it deletes them though

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I just don't want to be hacked or flagged again.

    Sitelock will only alert you after a hack has already begun. That's too late. Focus on hardening WordPress and ensuring that you have a good database backup system in place instead. It will be a lot cheaper and your site will be a lot safer.

  10. CJDark
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    "You could try actually deleting Posts. How many are listed as published in your dashboard? And how many Pages are published?"

    Esmi it lists I have 48 posts published and 5 pages.. when I go to the links area it lists all the default links that came with WP as I never added any new one's. Hard for me to believe I have exceeded 2,500 pages (URLS) with only 48 posts and 5 pages.. now my media files don't exceed 10 (actually think I only have 3 photo's uploaded and zero audio or video)..

    Do links within a blog update count as their own URL's .. for example, if you added a link in a blog or embedded a youtube video in a blog.. does that count as multiple URL's or just the one for the blog it was contained in?

    And do twitter feeds.. count as URL's? I have my twitter on my main menu with my tweets and everytime I favorite a video on youtube it posts it to my twitter account and thus appears on the main page of my site as well?

    I apologize for being naive but I am clueless about all of this.

  11. CJDark
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sitelock will only alert you after a hack has already begun. That's too late. Focus on hardening WordPress and ensuring that you have a good database backup system in place instead. It will be a lot cheaper and your site will be a lot safer.

    Yeah I already hardened my WP.. and am just waiting for the sitelock to expire.. once it does in Sept. I don't plan on renewing.

  12. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have 48 posts published and 5 pages

    Is that it?!! Oh - kick Sitelock into touch. Their automated system is probably winding itself into an infinite loop! Your site/ínstall is tiny and there's no way they should be trying to push you into a premium plan.

    Do links within a blog update count as their own URL's

    Nope. And any decent crawler would be able to discount them. Any external links to Twitter etc should not count.

  13. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is that it?!! Oh - kick Sitelock into touch. Their automated system is probably winding itself into an infinite loop! Your site/ínstall is tiny and there's no way they should be trying to push you into a premium plan.

    Many thanks. Today one of their sales staff told me I needed to spend nearly $200.00 on top of the Premium Service you just showed me I do not even need.

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