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WordPress.com Now Blocked in China

  1. This is strange, very strange... Unfortunately we've gotto search for Chinese bloggers here.

    @Donncha: Man, I think Larrylau meant NOT censor the content.

  2. I know one of the issues that Google themselves reported is that the connection out of China is pretty bad...

    <rant>Although not for the 1.3+ million spams and the 11k+ scans that my firewall blocked yesterday. Oh, no... Those come right over...</rant>

  3. victoriacarolina
    Member

    Well of course they do. After all, those are hopefully putting American dollars in the hands of those folks, right?

  4. Live from Shanghai... WP is blocked, long live WP!
    I would have to update through proxy now :(
    Or move (*more shudder*)

  5. UGH! I got hits from China with my old blog at Blogger. Now those people can't see my new blog? :( Does anyone know if it will ever be banned in the United Arab Emirates? When I was hosted on Deansplanet.com, my friend from there couldn't see my blog even though I was on Blogger. He can see my new blog now here at WordPress. Just don't get banned in UAE !!!!

  6. At these two weeks, I found I could not access my blog at wordpress.com from the network at China, neither from the access of CNC and CMCC. If I configure my browser to use anonymous proxies at abroad, then it’s ok. So I am sure wordpress.com is blocked at China. blogspot.com is blocked too.

  7. Add .nyud.net:8090 to the domain name portion of the URL, like:
    http://ubuntu.wordpress.com.nyud.net:8090/about/

    Advertise your blogs url as the url above, so your friends can access it still.

    Profit!

  8. You can also use it with your browser, as a setting:
    http://wiki.coralcdn.org/wiki.php/Main/Clients

  9. Yes it is still blocked. A relative in China cannot get through to my blog.

  10. Not a whole lot we can do about it.

    Maybe if Matt sent them some BBQ or something...

  11. Now you can easily see for yourself whether WordPress.com is blocked in China.

    http://www.greatfirewallofchina.net/test/

    http://www.greatfirewallofchina.net/discussions/710/url

    Hint: at the time of writing the answer is blocked.

  12. What a stinking shame but as our Moderator drmike has said there's nothing WordPress can do about it.

  13. That ubuntu workaround might help individuals. Maybe put that in a sidebar or something? Has anyone else tested it?

  14. I use the Coral .nyud.net:8090 workaround from time to time to access blocked content from here in China. In general I use Firefox with Tor for getting around the blocks here, and Safari for a direct connection. I find Coral to be an especially convenient tool for when I am in Safari and don't have Firefox open and just want to check something quick on Wikipedia or another blocked site.

  15. Hi, not sure if this is the place, but here goes...
    I'm moving to China in a few months. I am a teacher, and at my current school I operate a wordpress.com blog for students. I'd like to do the same thing at my new school in Shanghai. I know there are plenty of ways for me to workaround the firewall and use the dashboard so I'm not too concerned about me being able to add posts etc. I'm more concerned that my students won't be able to access it, and for obvious reasons I can't just go around recommending my students use Tor etc (though I'm sure plenty do already).

    Would a feasible alternative be for me to purchase a domain name and use the Domains feature of the wordpress dashboard to 'put' my wordpress blog there for others to access? Do people think that this will get around the 'great firewall' or will my students still be routed through the wordpress.com domain and get blocked anyway on their way the the site?

    Thanks in advance!

  16. ismhistory,
    No - they are blocking by IP address, not domain name. My blog is blocked there (according to http://www.greatfirewallofchina.net/test/) and I have the domain name upgrade. Sorry, to disappoint, but I think the only way to do it would be to get a separate wordpress instance and host it elsewhere.

  17. Looks like I need to start looking into hosting my own wordpress blog then: better start hitting the books! Thanks for the advice.

  18. i'm kinda lost. and a newbie in getting my blog hosted elsewhere. anyone can help me? sigh...

  19. Elsewhere, like off WordPress.com? Well, the wordpress.com technical help forum is not a good place to be asking about where else to host your blog.

  20. letsgoeverywhere
    Member

    I'm based in Vietnam, and should the government here get wind of posts they don't like they'll block this site in an instant. Any advice on circumventing?

  21. You can try this which was posted to the main blog.

    This is not an endorsement though - read everything and use at your own risk. (It's probably fine but I don't want the blame for just pointing something out.)

  22. seems to be blocked right now. both my blog and a friends are not accessible from China. Anyone have an idea for a solution?

    I want to keep my wordpress blog, but am willing to open another.

  23. Read the thread in which you posted. There are a lot of workarounds.

  24. The solutions I see mentioned in this thread:

    1- Mirror or move your WordPress blog to an unblocked service.
    Pro: people in China can read your blog.
    Con: confusion and lose the Google juice sent to the other blog.

    2- Put the suffix .nyud.net:8090 on your blog name. (I have not verified this works to get around the block)
    Pro: generally keep the same address for your blog.
    Con: Not sure people can click around your blog, since all links would have the non 8090 version.

    3- Host your own WordPress.
    Pro: not blocked
    Con: increased cost and hassle from WP.com, a service I like quite a lot.

    Anyone else have further ideas?

  25. archive.org.

    Non-Chinese google or Yahoo.

  26. Got back results from the .nyud.net:8090 solution from a friend in China who checked my blog:

    "There seems to be a few mistakes with the page though - I see all the video links but none of the pictures."

    I upload the photos onto WordPress.com, but use Youtube for the video. I guess this means that the best solution is to host photos elsewhere in order to make my blog visible within China.

    All very frustrating!

    Raincoaster: Are you suggesting Archive.org as a way to view the blog in China? I'll check it out, but I'd really like to find a way for people to view my blog without going through the loops of proxy surfing.

    Here's my now updated guide to blogging with WordPress.com in China (More suggestions very welcome!!)

    1- Mirror or move your WordPress blog to an unblocked service.
    Pro: people in China can read your blog.
    Con: confusion and lose the Google juice sent to the other blog.

    2- Put the suffix .nyud.net:8090 on your blog name.
    Pro: generally keep the same address for your blog, though it does look more complex.
    Con: Not sure people can click around your blog, since all links would have the non 8090 version. Also, photos uploaded onto the WordPress servers do not show up. Youtube videos do, however.

    3- Host your own WordPress.
    Pro: not blocked
    Con: increased cost and hassle from WP.com, a service I like quite a lot.

  27. I am getting ready to travel to China for 3 weeks and was searching here to find out if I would be easily able to update my blog while in China. So, it looks like the answer is no, right? Does adding that suffix work well? If I moved my blog, what blogs are unblocked? Thanks for the help!

  28. I'll be going to China in a short while as well and had wondered the same thing.

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