Known issues and general troubleshoot

Chapter 1: What’s the biggest problem using WordPress and how do I solve it? (Spam comments)
Chapter 2: I interrupted WordPress while it was updating. Now I can't access my WordPress installation anymore. What can I do?

Chapter 1: What’s the biggest problem using WordPress and how do I solve it? (Spam comments)

WordPress is used by a lot of people so it’s often targeted by people who want to cause damage and don’t care whether they cause damage to you or someone else. One way of doing it is spam. The biggest issue you will run into when using WordPress is that you will find tons of spam comments on it. However there fortunately are a few things you can do to keep them from appearing on your site.

The first thing to do is go to Settings, Discussion, make sure “Comment author must fill out name and e-mail “ is checked, that you’re e-mailed when “Anyone posts a comment” and before a comment appears “An administrator must always approve the comment”.

Second activate the Akismet plugin from the Plugins section. Further instructions here.

While these two steps are Must do! the third step is a Up to you to decide! and consists in installing the WP-reCAPTCHA plugin. I will discuss the reason why this is a up to you to decide step in the section where I talk about this plugin. Further instructions here.

Note that these steps don’t provide you a 200% safety. You will still see a small amount of spam comments slipping though but it is very small.

Chapter 2: I interrupted WordPress while it was updating. Now I can't access my WordPress installation anymore. What can I do?

If you try to access your blog again after interrupting WordPress by clicking away from the update screen while it was updating itself or while it was updating plugins all you will see will be a white window with the following line on it:

"Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute."

The first time it happened to me I was really scared because I thought I had lost my website and more importantly all the work I had put into it. Luckily I proved to be wrong and there's an easy solution to this issue.

1) Connect to your server with your FTP application
2) Make sure you've set the application to show hidden files in the application's preferences
3) Navigate to your blog installation
4) In the blog installation you will see a file named .maintenance
5) Delete this file and you will be able to access your blog again
6) Simply re-update the plugins or WordPress
7) That's it. All solved.


Currently there are no other known issues with WordPress I'm aware of...


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