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BBPress works in Firefox but not in Internet Explorer

  • fakeplasticfish


    Not sure if this question should go to the Installation forum or Troubleshooting. I actually posted this question last night to the forum, and this morning it has disappeared. So trying again…

    I have spent all weekend installing bbPress and modifying the kakumei template to integrate with my site. It all looked great in Firefox and Safari, but when I view the site in Internet Explorer 8, I cannot reach any pages besides front page, and only then if I browse to Simply browsing to in Internet Explorer brings up a 404 Error, as do all the other forum pages.

    Here are details of my install:

    WordPress 2.8.4 installed at the root:

    bbPress 1.0.2 installed at

    bbPress is installed into the same database as WordPress on a GoDaddy Linux server.

    I have added this code to my bb-config file as instructed:

    /** Integrate with WordPress */


    This is because I want my WordPress plugin menu bar to appear in bbPress as well as other WordPress functions.

    I thought perhaps the issue had to do with pretty permalinks, as I read some entries in this forum on that issue, so I actually switched back to the original ugly permalinks, cleared the browser cache and restarted IE. IE will still not open any of the bbPress pages besides index.php and returns a 404 error from the server (not my WordPress 404 page.)

    I have two .htaccess files, one in the root folder created by WordPress and one in /discuss/ created by bbPress. I tried deleting that file after switching back to ugly permalinks, and now there is a new one there.

    I am a novice. I don’t understand the information in the .htaccess file, but I am happy to copy the information from both files over here if that would help.

    I just really don’t understand why the bbPress pages work fine in Firefox and Safari and not in IE.

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  • chrishajer


    I think you should be including wp-load.php instead of wp-blog-header.php

    I think the difference between browsers is due to your forum returning a 404 but still displaying the content. Some browsers ignore the 404 and display the content (Safari and Firefox, apparently) but others treat the 404 as a 404 (IE8).

    Check the headers being returned from :

    Date: Sun, 01 Nov 2009 20:34:48 GMT
    Server: Apache
    Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate, max-age=0
    Expires: Wed, 11 Jan 1984 05:00:00 GMT
    Pragma: no-cache
    Last-Modified: Sun, 01 Nov 2009 20:34:48 GMT
    Keep-Alive: timeout=15, max=98
    Connection: Keep-Alive
    Transfer-Encoding: chunked
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8


    I think those are related.



    Oh my god, I love you. Will you have my babies???!!!!!

    Changing from wp-blog-header.php to wp-load.php fixed the problem. At least it looks that way. The pages are loading in IE now.

    How would I check to headers to make sure this problem is truly fixed? I don’t know what “check the headers” actually means. Sorry. :-)

    Oh, and maybe bbPress could change the instructions here

    to indicate that wp-load.php should be used instead?




    You can use browser add-ons for Firefox like Firebug or the Web Developer Toolbar, or you can use a command line tool, or there are places online that you can submit your URL to and they will show the headers returned.

    Using the Web Developer Toolbar for Firefox, I get this:

    Response Headers -

    Date: Sun, 01 Nov 2009 21:27:42 GMT
    Server: Apache
    Keep-Alive: timeout=15, max=99
    Connection: Keep-Alive
    Transfer-Encoding: chunked
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

    200 OK

    Which is correct, and different from before, and it looks like you fixed it.



    Yes they should change the documentation, but right now the project is without a leader, so a few things have fallen by the wayside, including documentation.

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