Firefox Disable Website Notifications

We had a customer who suddenly started getting notifications from a website and didn’t want them any more. The customer was using Firefox browser. Here are the steps to removing or blocking these notifications.

  • Find the settings button. On this machine a new tab gave us a gear icon to click on. There is also the hamburger menu which you click on to expand and select “Settings“.

  • Click on the “Privacy and Security” menu item on the left. Scroll down to “Permissions“. Locate “Notifications” and click on it’s “Settings” button.

  • Select the website’s notification and either “Block” it or “Remove Website”. Then click “Save Changes”.

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Add TXT Record in SiteGround External Domain

We had a customer purchase their web hosting from Siteground, but the domain was going to stay with Network Solutions. We wanted to add “Domain Verification” txt record to the DNS to verify the domain with Google Search Console. The Domain was with Network Solutions and SiteGround recommends you use their Name Servers. When you go to Network Solutions there is no place to put in this TXT file.

At Siteground the area where you find the domain there is no place to do “Advanced” features. Well not all is lost. You can add these records in the “Site Tools” area. In the “Domain” section you will find “DNS Zone Editor”, and here you can add any record you need.

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Google My Business Change Appointment Link

It seems silly to have to write this up, but it took us a minute for us to do it. We thought we would write this up if not for the public, but so we remember. It is very easy.

  • Search for your business in Google.
  • Your business listing should show up, and when it does simply click on the “Bookings” button.
  • Now click on the pencil icon and put in the new URL.

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“No input file specified” WordPress Error

We recently moved a customer’s website to new hosting and after restoring the website we got blank site with just “No input file specified” on the screen. The site had no issues on the old host, and was working great in XXAMP. We were at a loss and headed over to Google for some help.

We do often like the results we get from StackOverflow, so we started with the following suggestions from this page.

“No input file specified” Error in WordPress – Stack Overflow

The hosting plan didn’t allow direct access to the Apache settings. This is one of the suggestions in that article.

We got it resolved and we believe it was by going to PHP 8.2. We tried 8.1 and still had the issue. This is hard to completely determine if PHP was the total reason we got it fixed. We had also took our localhost copy and turned all the plugins off and switched the permalinks to be plain. We switched the permalinks back once the site was live.

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Joomla On Godaddy Not Sending Emails

We noticed a site wasn’t getting the amount of email inquiries we used to get, so we looked in the database to see if any were submitted and we didn’t get it. We were actually reviewing Google’s GA4 and what each part does. We were looking at the real-time results and noticed there a user on just a few minutes ago and they were on the “Contact Us” page. There was an event logged that a user clicked a button. Why didn’t we get the email we thought. This lead us to investigate.

One of the best resources for this is the Joomla documentation website. This page has the best way we have found to use Gmail to send emails.

https://docs.joomla.org/How_do_I_use_Gmail_as_my_mail_server%3F

We moved the site to completely different host company SiteGround to see if we could get it to work at all. It worked perfectly. We used PHPMailer as well as relaying the emails through GMail.

We went back to the Godaddy hosting to try to see if they have a SMTP relay server we could use. We found the following article which looks very promising and it isn’t out-dated.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-use-a-godaddy-smtp-server/

The problem this customer had is with Godaddy they have the email set to “Remote mail exchanger”, so no email is handled with them. Our next step is to work with Godaddy the hosting provider to either upgrade the hosting or reset the account to get mail routing working.

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Gmail Generate App Password

We discovered we were getting less email inquires so we tested our contact us form, and discovered something was broken. This lead us into investigating the issue. We were routing our contact us form through GMail due to DKIM issues. Our domain and email server are not in the same place, so we run into this issue.

We switched from PHPMailer to SMTP and struggled a bit with the setting. That was partially due to our current hosting settings. We found the best settings were documented by Joomla. See the link below:

https://docs.joomla.org/How_do_I_use_Gmail_as_my_mail_server%3F

It is suggested to use a GMail App Passwode instead of your GMail Password. We found a good article on this setup, but didn’t capture the URLs. We found another article that was just as good.

Link to Article

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Website Scans from karthithehacker

We often run Web Access Firewalls on our sites and we noticed a common threat is from Karthi The Hacker. On their website they claim to be an “Ethical” hacker. From our education the term “hack” is actually “attack”, and this is how we view these attempts. We found their IP address to be “89.39.105.112” and put them in our block list.

We don’t know the extent to which this “ethical hacker” is trying to penetrate our website, but we don’t care for it. Check your website firewall and see if the attacker is trying to penetrate your site. If you don’t run a Web Access Firewall contact us and we can help choose one and get it installed properly.

We contacted Karthi to see why we saw these results in our firewall. He is what the response was:

I haven’t tested your site yet. The images that you attached in this email appear to be the payload of my open source tool, which I published for penetration testing and bug bounty purposes. It’s possible that someone from somewhere in the world may have used this tool for their own testing.

Tool link : https://www.npmjs.com/package/redirecthunter 

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WordPress Blog Post Not Showing

We made a few post recently and in Firefox and while logged in the posts showed up on the blog page; however, in Chrome and Edge the post wasn’t showing in other browsers. We checked on our phones and the post were not there. In the back-end of the site everything looked like it should.

We did a search and quickly found our answer here.

https://wordpress.org/support/topic/new-blog-posts-not-showing-up-4/

It was the “Caching” plugin we had installed. We are using “Fastest Cache” plugin. We cleared the cache and the posts were showing. We had made a post almost a month ago that wasn’t showing. We will need to review our caching settings to make sure our posts get out there.

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HostGator Umbraco Unable To Renew Let’s Encrypt SSL

We took over a website that uses Umbraco a Windows based CMS. Finding hosting was tough, but we found HostGator which offered a lot for a little. Things were going fine for 90 days till the Let’s Encrypt SSL needed to be renewed. Before we knew it the site was getting privacy issues and the customer is worried. We had to call HostGator tech support, because there was nothing in the hosting that we could see that would cause the issue.

This took a couple of days to resolve, and it wasn’t something we would have known. HostGator’s tech support dug around and found that with Umbraco the needed to add a “path” to the “UmbracoReservedUrls” key. They needed to add the value “~/.well-known/”.

We didn’t like it took a week to get resolved, but we are still happy with HostGator’s web hosting.

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Yoast WordPress Set Permalinks Before Going Live

We finished a new WordPress site that has Yoast installed, and when we went to set the permalinks on the live site we couldn’t. We got a warning that changing the permalinks would have a serious impact. A serious good impact on SEO is what were look to get with the change. We should have made the changed before we transferred the site.

We looked around for a quick solution to put the site in maintenance mode, so we tried a couple of plugin. The site is hosted on SiteGround and they have great caching features which make the site fast, but can sometimes be frustrating when you are in development mode. The plugins were tried were not working quickly.

We did install the plugin “Maintenance”, so the next day we tried it again. This time we realized the works “Maintenance mode on” at the top in the DIVI toolbar. We tried to change the permalinks and this time it worked. So grateful to the get the page titles working.

We found a lot of ways to solve this on the following page.

https://www.wpexplorer.com/change-permalinks-wordpress/

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