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August 19, 2010


A note for those who have been trying to access any wordpress blogs through Firefox

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

In case you’re wondering how this is related to Ramadan: this is the month of Brotherhood / Sisterhood, and I wanted to alert all my brethren about this issue.

I was trying to access my blog all day long only to get a “403 Forbidden” message. I tried to access loads of wordpress blogs and I got the same result.

After using my Google prowess, I discovered that other people were having the same problem.

The strange part was that WordPress (usually the epitome of customer service) didn’t mention anything on their twitter site about this issue.

Then I discovered that it had nothing to do with them.

It’s a problem with Firefox. So if you use it, you won’t be able to access any wordpress blogs  (don’t ask me why) at the moment.

Try to use IE (blech!), Google Chrome or Safari.

A word of advice: Always try to have at least two web browsers installed on your PC. This way, you can figure if it’s a site problem or a browser problem.

Please do alert other people about this as I know many people were wondering what happened.

Jazakumullahu kheira.

PS. Yes, I know. You weren’t expecting IT advice on a Ramadan blog…

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Andulusia
    Aug 19 2010

    Hey! I like IE! I am one of those people who can still use the oldest software or phone and not mind. I hate going with the flow and following the flock. I also like Firefox. I am not a big fan of Google Chrome, there’s something eerie about it. The only time I have ever use Safari is on an iphone.

    So don’t offend us IE users. ;)

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Aug 19 2010

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      A couple of years ago, I used to think like you. My nephew was horrified to find out that I used IE and told me that Firefox was better. He was right.

      IE crashed incessantly (it’s a Microsoft product, after all). Firefox rarely crashes.

      Firefox rules. Sorry.

      PS. Erm…..did I ever seem like the person who would go with the flow and follow the flock?? You know that I hate doing that.
      PPS. Yeah, I find Google Chrome kind of creepy as well. I thought I was the only one…


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