November 16, 2017 at 2:08 am #877305
I have the plugin SEO redirection installed so I can redirect some 404’s, because I’ve changed some pages on the site. But in there you can see the history as well and that shows really weird 404’s, they look like spammers or something like that. One thing happens a lot in the list, that’s this:
people, or bots, or even my own IP try to visit this ‘page’ and are redirected to the 404 page…
The page I’m talking about is in the private content area mentioned…
grt BorisNovember 16, 2017 at 4:29 am #877345
This is not currently a valid address in Enfold so that would lead to a 404. Please include the url to your site so we can see if this address has been added to your site in error.
MikeNovember 16, 2017 at 11:03 am #877441
Sorry, yeah that would be handy aye haha. I’ll put it down here…
Thx for the fast reply!
grt BorisNovember 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm #878059
Thanks for that, though I’m getting a “normal” 404 page, please see private. Could you try to explain a bit further or post a screenshot of the problem please?
RikardNovember 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm #878134
Well, sorry, I maybe described it in the wrong way. The 404-page is not weird itself, but the fact that there are visits (that are weird) to parts of WP and the theme, that don’t make sense, cause they are not pages, are weird!
All the pages have normal english names and no weird extensions like ‘.html’ or ‘mediaelementplayer.css?ver’ or something like that. So howcome ‘people’ or bots try to ‘visit’ those parts of the site!?
grt BorisNovember 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm #878230
Bots will visit anything they can, trying to find a way to exploit anything they can, that’s the reality, unfortunately.
VictoriaNovember 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm #878781
Nice, finally a women between all those men as moderators here ;-)
I understand bots visit anything they can. But that creates a lot of 404 visits and that shows in Google Analytics etc. And I guess that’s not really how it should be!? My analytics man was surprised by it, and he has a lot of experience…
grtz BorisNovember 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm #878791
I have looked at your source code and didn’t find any reference to /wp-content/themes/enfold/js/mediaelement/ so there are no activate links that could trigger a 404. But I did find that in a much older version of Enfold that was a valid link, so I believe there is a known exploit for that folder and there is a bot testing for it. This is a common tactic, but will not affect you.
One solution would be to block the IPs that are creating that 404 in your .htaccess, your host error log will list those IPs.
Or, create a 301 redirect to your homepage for that url, so you are not feeding the bots.
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