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Why is it that sometimes when I open a site I frequently visit (I'm an admin) I can't access it. After I logged-in it redirects to 403 Forbidden but other times the site is okay?What could be the problem?
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincent Abrugar
    403 Forbidden sometimes happen when your ip is blacklisted/banned by the server.
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    • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
      Originally Posted by Vincent Abrugar View Post

      403 Forbidden sometimes happen when your ip is blacklisted/banned by the server.
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  • Profile picture of the author sminozzi
    Hi,
    Some server (mainly with cpanel) have a protection (like brute force protection) and if you put a wrong password a couple of times, you go to black list. Then, you need wait some time to try again. Maybe that is it. Try to check with your hosting provider. If you have a private server with cpanel, check at WHM panel.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    Originally Posted by Vincent Abrugar View Post

    403 Forbidden sometimes happen when your ip is blacklisted/banned by the server.
    Originally Posted by sminozzi View Post

    Hi,
    Some server (mainly with cpanel) have a protection (like brute force protection) and if you put a wrong password a couple of times, you go to black list. Then, you need wait some time to try again. Maybe that is it. Try to check with your hosting provider. If you have a private server with cpanel, check at WHM panel.

    Regards,
    Bill
    SiteRightAway
    None of the above. 403 forbidden is a permissions error. It means you don't have access to view it. If it's intermittent, chances are there's too many requests and you're being redirected to a file that you don't have permissions to execute. It has nothing to do with your IP being blocked/blacklisted or brute force.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
      Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post

      None of the above. 403 forbidden is a permissions error. It means you don't have access to view it. If it's intermittent, chances are there's too many requests and you're being redirected to a file that you don't have permissions to execute. It has nothing to do with your IP being blocked/blacklisted or brute force.
      It could also be that at that very instance even though you are an admin of that site you were logged out hence the error. Check to make sure you are still logged in. Possibly refresh your browser clear cache/cookies etc.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by Alex Mensah View Post

        It could also be that at that very instance even though you are an admin of that site you were logged out hence the error. Check to make sure you are still logged in. Possibly refresh your browser clear cache/cookies etc.
        403 forbidden pages are server side permissions, nothing to do with the browser. As I mentioned, out of connections and directing to a file with non readable/executable permissions.
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    • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
      Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post

      It has nothing to do with your IP being blocked/blacklisted or brute force.
      So... if you block someone's IP address in your .htaccess, you're saying that won't redirect them to a 403 page?

      For those of you wanting to know what really causes this and the different possibilities, take a look at HostGator article: https://support.hostgator.com/articl...sion-to-access
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Thompson
        Originally Posted by Chase Watts View Post

        So... if you block someone's IP address in your .htaccess, you're saying that won't redirect them to a 403 page?

        For those of you wanting to know what really causes this and the different possibilities, take a look at HostGator article: https://support.hostgator.com/articl...sion-to-access
        If you restricted access to someone via an IP block in .htaccess then it would show a 403 page, but in the case of the OP I'd say it's very unlikely since they are only occasionally being locked out after logging in. If it were an IP block they wouldn't be able to access it at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by Chase Watts View Post

        So... if you block someone's IP address in your .htaccess, you're saying that won't redirect them to a 403 page?

        For those of you wanting to know what really causes this and the different possibilities, take a look at HostGator article: https://support.hostgator.com/articl...sion-to-access
        As mentioned above, it's intermittent, .htaccess is out of the question here. It would show a 403 & it could also show a 404, or 500 or any other error that you you tell .htaccess to use. .htaccess is not the problem here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
    Thank you for enlightening me and for the tips. Usually I stop for awhile then try again. Sometimes I can access it, there are times that I can't. Now I know why!

    Thanks!
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