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  • HELP! I’ve got a horrible problem that just won’t go away and gets worse with each diligent effort to resolve it.

    A few days ago, I apparently did something wrong while updating content within the Page Editor to cause multiple duplication of content to appear on my home page and several other subpages at

    At first, I thought it was incorrect Google Analytics Universal code insertion (may be partially at fault), but noticed while comparing past versions that some older pages had an extra section with the same content at the bottom in an area labeled “mark down content.”

    I do recall hitting a little green bar or button in the text editor tool box without knowing what it was that said “mark down” while editing content. I’ve since removed so many plugins since then trying to solve this problem, that the bar’s no longer in the tool box and I can’t even deactivate all plugins to figure out which one might be causing duplicate content, because an error message appears each time I try to bulk “deactivate.”

    Can someone PLEASE help me ASAP! Thanks a lot.

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    We do not really do ASAP in these forums. 😉

    Have you tried any troubleshooting on your site such as the usual tasks?

    • Deactivate all of your plugins, no exceptions
    • Switch to the Twenty Fourteen theme
    • Clear your browser’s cache and cookies
    • Re-login and edit that page in question, save it
    • See if the repeating content is still happening or not

    If that does fix it (and that would be good) then you’ll need to work backwards to see what caused that.


    Thanks for such a fast reply. Please be advised that “ASAP” was meant to express “urgent need,” NOT imply “instant demand.” 😉

    As for plugin deactivation, how can I do so when each attempt triggers the following error message:

    “Error 403

    We’re sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for /wp-admin/plugins.php?&eXo=1 on this server.

    You do not have permission to access this server. Data may not be posted from offsite forms.

    Your technical support key is: c647-78e2-cd36-1abb

    You can use this key to fix this problem yourself.

    If you are unable to fix the problem yourself, please contact [MY EMAIL ADDRESS!] and be sure to provide the technical support key shown above.”

    Secondly, won’t clearing my browser’s COOKIES cause me to lose all pre-saved passwords? I’ve already cleared cache and that didn’t fix things. I also cleared my homepage from WP Super Cache – no luck. Meanwhile, I try another theme, which I hate to do, as I really love 2013 and it’s free. <sigh>

    What does the above error mean and how can I deactivate plugins with that happening?

    Thanks again.

    Rehi, everybody:

    I’m quite happy to report that I resolved the permissions AND duplicating content problems. Shortly after I got the above Error 403 message, it dawned on me from purely general logical reasoning (as a technical neophyte idiot) that Jetpack or Yoast or some other plugin might have caused the 403 page, as such plugins require constant connection to an external site.

    So I deactivated Jetpack first and duplicating content went down from 10 occurrence to just 1 repeat. Next, came Yoast – and THAT did the trick altogether!

    HOWEVER: a) With Yoast on the “loop,” I’m left in a lurch without an SEO plugin that’s a vital necessity; and b) My contact form at bottom of pages has mysteriously disappeared, although Jetpack’s contact form app is active.

    Any ideas? Thanks again in advance!

    Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    I’m quite happy to report that I resolved the permissions AND duplicating content problems.

    Hold please. *Does the happy dance* Back. 😉

    Any ideas? Thanks again in advance!

    I suspect that you’re problem is how you are using or configuring the Yoast’s plugin. I’m not familiar enough with that plugin to offer decent advice myself but you may want to consider posting to that plugin’s dedicated support sub-forum.

    I don’t believe the author or his staff frequent the forums too much (I maybe wrong about that one) but there are a lot of other users who do help out there.

    Thanks, Jan:

    I’ll certainly check that link and post a question ASAP, since unanimous advice of far more informed sources indicates that Yoast is a must have for WP bloggers serious about maximum market visibility.


    My happy dance WAS somewhat apprehensive, if you recall – as evidenced by expressed SEO concerns 😉

    Thanks again and best regards!


    Hi, everyone:

    Just thought it might help for future reference to report final resolution of the Code 403 source. Believe it or not, the culprit turned out to be none other than Bad Behavior. Yep! A link embedded in code 403 error page text redirected to explanatory content that stated Bad Behavior can generate a Code 403 on websites running on other ports besides #80 or 400(?) Although advised by an IT expert that my site in fact runs on Port 80, I temporarily deactivated Bad Behavior and had no further problems with bulk or individual plugin deactivation afterward.

    In retrospect, I wonder if Bad Behavior may have caused duplicating content mentioned in my original post. <sigh>… Too late now, as I’ve already scrapped the one remaining page duplicate content page that failed to correct itself after Yoast and Jetpack deactivation – only to eventually learn that xOpin was at fault for THAT particular page displaying Digiprove copyright insignia 7 times in its header!

    However, I think it’s good to know to avoid much wasted time in the future. Thanks for reading.

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