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WordPress Issues

Issues related to installing and running BitFire on WordPress

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BitFire is compatible with other security plugins and can run in always on mode with other WordPress plugins. This is NOT a recommended operating mode but is supported. To run both plugins in always-on mode (Optomized mode for WordFence) you must add the additional plugin startup script to BitFire config.ini "auto_prepend_file". For WordFence this would be adding the line auto_prepend_file = '/wordfence-waf.php' to your wp-content/plugins/bitfire/config.ini file.

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Some hosting providers implement restrictions on that prevent enabling Always-On

Some hosting providers (WPEngine as an example) will not allow normal admin pages to edit the bootstrap provess. To bypass this restriction, BitFire will enable "always-on" protection if the plugin is disabled and then re-enabled within 60 seconds. The plugin deactivate and reactive process will tell BitFire to enable Always-On functionality during the activation step which these hosting providers do allow.

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Bot Blocking

Issues related to bot blocking.

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There are 2 cases where a bot you want to allow may be blocked. The first is when the bot is claiming to be a real web browser (chrome, firefox, etc). Any request claiming to be a browser will be sent a JavaScript challenge to validate. You can follow the same procedure below for adding whitelisted bots.

To whitelist a bot, look at the user-agent in the alert or block list dashboard and find a unique word or phrase in the user-agent. Now open bitfire/cache/whitelist_agents.ini and add the line: botwhitelist[unique_user_agent_phrase] = "discover". This will instruct BitFire to auto discover the bot's host network and add the correct whitelist entry. (obviously replace unique_user_agent_phrase with the unique phrase of the user-agent you are trying to allow)

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