[or Check Your WordPress.com Privacy Settings]
Yesterday I was being an eedgit. For the life of me couldn’t figure out why I was getting a 403 error “Remote file returned error response 403 Forbidden”. I was trying, and failing, to get image attachments to import from a WordPress.com XML export file into a self hosted WordPress installation.
I wracked my brains and Google but I couldn’t figure it out. Helpfully the blog I was working on [it’s revamp of my friend Stewart Andersen’s Homes and Travel site – now live ] is based on the excellent Carrington Framework by Crowd Favorite. Whilst researching it I’d noticed a link to their WordPress Help Center on their forums. I thought I’d have a shot at it and hoped it could be sorted within the three minutes of free help they offer…
Talking it through with them I realised what I’d done. To avoid duplicate content issues I’d set the WordPress.com blog to private before I finished the import. That simple. WordPress.com was deying access to the new blog based on the instructions I’d given. I was logged in so everything looked fie but the new site.
The answer: Make sure your WordPress.com privacy settings are not set to private!
I guess it’s the sort of stupid thing people don’t admit to – so until now no Google results to find.
Anyway many thanks to Matt Walters and the WordPress Help Center…