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[Plugin: Better WP Security] Doesn't work properly on running sites (4 posts)

  1. Ruude4s
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The last few days I've been using this plugin on a number of sites and I encountered various problems. When using it on a fresh installation of WordPress, everything works great. However, when activating it on existing sites, it keeps messing things up.

    A few examples of things happening after clicking the button to enable basic security:
    - any other settings with this plugin aren't saved
    - cms tree page view plugin stops working
    - can't deactivate the plugin
    - can't change the admin css in my branding plugin
    - on multisite: the notification to run the network wide update script appears and doesn't go away anymore

    As I said, on a fresh install all works fine and it is a really great plugin. However, I don't trust it anymore to activate it on existing sites.


  2. I'm curious as to what errors you are getting during deactivation. There are some features, such as rename wp-content, that are definitely not intended for existing sites and there will always be some plugin conflicts just by the nature of how a plugin like this works. Other than the multi-site notifications (which I'll investigate) and deactivation however I do believe the rest of what you're experiencing aren't problems with BWPS but instead are features that you need to disable for compatibility with other plugins.

  3. Ruude4s
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm not getting any errors at all. That's the strange thing. Also, I haven't used the rename wp-content feature on existing sites. Only the basic one-click-protection.

    Maybe some of the problems mentioned might be because of incompatibility with plugins. However, I don't encounter these problems when using a fresh single site install. So these problems arise either because of the combination with multisite and/or with using it on an existing site.

    Also, on fresh multisite installations, I encounter problems with the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. Some text in that plugin just disappears. Although I'm not 100% sure it is because of a conflict with BWPS, I thought better to mention it here. Just in case others encounter the same problem.

  4. Ruude4s
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Please ignore my last remark regarding the conflict with the SEO plugin. I just found out this is a problem with the latest version of that plugin itself.

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