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Jul
11
comment Large Spike in Organic Bing Traffic on a Phrase
Just a typical search results page for the search phrase. I noticed on their homepage they link to news stories by sending people to an organic SERP page. It uses FORM=HPNN01, so the key may be finding "FORM=msn114" but that didn't turn up much info at either search engine. Not sure about the + sign at beginning either.
Jul
7
comment So I just got a Pottery Barn email that required I call the store to be removed
I'm guessing it was a mistake on whoever triggered those emails. I can't imagine that technique getting approved by the multiple layers of corporate lawyers.
May
16
comment Why don't browsers respect cache headers for initial page request?
I've seen this before during debugging, but can't remember, is there a valid reason your response header shows Expires: Nov 1978? Or that may be your answer.
May
16
comment Low Bounce rate - too good to be true?
Thanks for the quick feedback.
May
12
comment Should I give preferential treatment to proxy users on my ecommerce site?
Quote: "A real user does not use proxy to visit any website" WHAT??
May
7
comment Moodle error - Fatal error: $CFG->dataroot is not writable, admin has to fix directory permissions! Exiting.
You can put this in there also to make sure you see them all: error_reporting(-1);
May
7
comment Moodle error - Fatal error: $CFG->dataroot is not writable, admin has to fix directory permissions! Exiting.
@Canadian Luke - inserting ini_set('display_errors', '1'); at the top of index.php will let you see the real errors but this being production could cause you security issues and usability problems.
May
7
comment Moodle error - Fatal error: $CFG->dataroot is not writable, admin has to fix directory permissions! Exiting.
I'll write it as an answer.
May
7
comment Moodle error - Fatal error: $CFG->dataroot is not writable, admin has to fix directory permissions! Exiting.
Ya you would think that would be enough, it seems that you need to trace individual processes that are failing to the files they interact with and look at those files individually for problems. For example I've used some programs that create new log files at 777 even though I changed all existing log files to 600 after the fact.
May
7
comment Moodle error - Fatal error: $CFG->dataroot is not writable, admin has to fix directory permissions! Exiting.
Have you checked the permissions of the individual php files on the server? I see you mentioned proper ownership by www-data but something could be wrong on certain files that need write permission. Or some processes that create new files in moodledata2 are not set at correct permissions.
May
6
comment Mandrill for bulk messaging
Mandrill will work if you create a template for your newsletter and insert variables through the API. You handle each email on an individual basis. You could go either way because both programs will do what you need with template variables.
May
5
comment Website traffic suddenly dropped by 90%
@Noam, I sort of agree with you, but he didn't provide enough details to keep this from being a back and forth troubleshooting affair. (Didn't vote either way)
May
5
comment Can Joomla have a different URL for backend management?
@bybe, I agree with you, but he probably means a static html,css,js site.
May
2
comment Does every webserver have an httpd.conf file?
No problem, you can put this in a php file to find out your current path on the server: echo realpath(dirname(FILE)); Then run the php file.
May
2
comment Does every webserver have an httpd.conf file?
If you can access the directory "/etc" on the server then you can probably access it the conf file. If your access is limited to the web directory then no.
May
2
comment Does every webserver have an httpd.conf file?
Yes, all mainstream web servers will have some type of configuration file. The configuration controls the entire server, so in the case like yours it's probably a shared host so you'll have to use overrides through .htaccess . They can't allow you to change the main config file because it would impact the entire server.
May
1
comment Why do “Registration-bots” exist? What do they gain from registering on my site?
On #1, two things, if your site frequently sends emails to non-existent gmail accounts (for instance) Gmail may choose to just throw all emails you send to the spam folder. That would hurt your legitimate gmail users. Say the bot put a real gmail account, but not to someone that actually registered, that person may then mark the registration email from you as spam, and your reputation with gmail goes down.
Apr
22
comment Hijacked meta description
Sometimes there's a hidden script (hidden = converted to a type of encoding that doesn't read with the naked eye) in the page's code that reads the user agent and causes a different page to display to that user agent. You'll have to scour the entire page and looking for areas that don't look correct.
Apr
21
comment SSL not working on home page
FYI: Even after you get the SSL padlock fixed it will continue to say: "Website does not provide identity information". I believe you have to buy a higher quality (quality = cost) certificate that maybe requires greater validation.
Apr
3
comment Can't recover from Panda/Penguin/Zoo? Think to start a new site
How do you know that your site is under penalty?