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9770-EYFK-9320
Written By
Quinn Whipple
Date Created
Wed, 20th Jan 2010
Date Modified
Wed, 4th Jun 2014
 
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   Website gives 403 error

Question 

For some reason I can no longer post to the wordpress blog located at yourdomain.com. I can create draft posts but attempting to publish results in
"
Error 403: Forbidden

Your PHP settings have been disabled by an H-Sphere administrator.

* Your current PHP configuration:
* This configuration was changed: Wed Jan 20 09:00:22 UTC 2010

Please bring your PHP configuration in compliance with admin settings or request your administrator to re-enable support of your settings.
"

Answer 

This is the mod_security apache firewall blocking your request.

The first and foremost thing to check is to make sure you are running the most recent install of Wordpress that is available. Many of the old versions have different security vulnerabilities and this may be what is generating the 403. 

If an update does not fix this issue you can install the following htaccess directive:

<IfModule mod_security.c>
SecFilterEngine Off
SecFilterScanPOST Off
</IfModule>

This is a last resort thing to do. Mod_security protects your site from many different kinds of attacks from hackers. Installing this does not mean you will be hacked, but it does open your site up a little bit.

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