Too much security?
“The more security – the better” so the mantra goes. But sometimes it can turn out more like Spy vs Spy. Oh, I am getting ahead of my story.
Allow me to fill you in on my most recent misadventure: I do a website for Peach Blossom Artists. The site has been up for some six years, although it has recently been close to dormant, what with the pandemic and other problems. So, the time had come to spiff it up. Among other changes I installed a membership management plugin, ARMember.
All went well, or so I thought. Members could sign up. But when the first newly added member tried to log in the site just locked on the login window and sat there spinning the little “wait-awhile” doohickey. Nothing else. Just that, and always that. Members just could not log in.
I tried everything to find where I had gone wrong. The setup was as instructed in the documentation. The tool has a good reputation, others are using it – obviously successfully. It had to be something I did wrong.
I cried out for help. Well maybe somebody will get back to me in the WordPress Forum, or from the creator’s Contact Us, or from the other places where I held up my hand. So far nothing.
When all else fails in the world of programming and computing, I am used to turning off everything else. In this case I started to deactivate other plugins. When I turned off WordFence, the login responded with incorrect password. I was getting somewhere.
Indeed, with WordFence deactivated everything works as expected. It is possible to set up new accounts, to log in, to change passwords, to get to the “members-only” pages, etc.
So, my friends, ARMember and WordFence do not play well together. At least not with the default configuration. What changes I need to make I have not yet discovered. Maybe one of my readers can give me a hand.
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