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Why is my site suddenly no longer ccessible by friends

  1. Since yesterday typing my site address a friend finds the last letters are deleted automatically every time she presses the enter button. So the site becomes inaccessible. What can we do?

    The blog I need help with is paintingholidaysuk.wordpress.com.

  2. Are you referring to this site http://paintingholidaysuk.wordpress.com/ that has a protected post on the front page which can only be accessed with a password?

    Or are you referring to this site? http://landscapeartblog.wordpress.com/

  3. Note re: making every page and post on a blog password protected makes no sense at all and can create a management nightmare. Instead you change the whole blog visibility to private and then only those you choose to allow access to can view the blog.

    To change blog visibility to Private go to Dashboard > Settings > Reading scroll to Blog Visibility and choose option 3 .
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

  4. Thank you for your quick response. However it does not answer my question. Why can some people access the site while others cannot? They have all got the password but when they type in the site address it changes from paintingholidaysuk.wordpress.com to paintingholidays.wordpress.com which does not exist.
    The address change is carried out automatically without them being able to do anything about it. The letters UK just go missing.

  5. http://paintingholidays.wordpress.com/ does exist for me.
    So does http://paintingholidaysuk.wordpress.com/
    Both exist as separate sites for me.

    When it comes to access it's usually connectivity issues and/or browser related issues that are the problem. I cannot answer why this person or that person using this or that ISP, and this or that operating system, and this or that browser version, with either this or that settings enabled or disabled has access issues. We can only solve such issues if we have full computing environment details for each one.

    I'm unable to help so I'll tag this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  6. Thank you again. I have ticked the notify me button. So I´ll just have to wait.

  7. PS
    There is something similar happening to another site (not mine) which also contains the letters UK. Could there be a cyber attack on selected sites containing those letters?

  8. Today I have checked my site for malware and other possible faults. It seems to be in perfect order. I can access it from several different PCs in my home. However, my friend in England has lost the connection for no apparent reason since Saturday.

  9. It's not a cyberattack. There IS a weird bug going around that creates duplicate blogs, so I'll flag this for staff to look at. I'm wondering if they've done something to get around the Great Firewall of Britain, this new cybersecurity "feature" that is supposed to protect the UK from porn.

  10. Hi there,

    I want to assure you that your site isn't under attack, and the bug runcoaster mentioned isn't affecting your site. I was able to visit your site without any problems here: http://paintingholidaysuk.wordpress.com/

    Can you please confirm that's the address your friend is using to access your site? Also, do you have trouble accessing your site at that address? If it's only your friend who is having trouble with it, you can ask them to post a reply in this forum thread and we'll be happy to troubleshoot the issue with them. :)

  11. Yes it is
    http://paintingholidaysuk.wordpress.com
    Thank you all for your assistance. My friend now has access to the site again. So everything is fine. Also I have switched the site to public and it is registered with the relevant search engines.

  12. I'm glad it's working for you and your friend now. :) If you have any further trouble with this, please let me know.

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