Heal Your Church WebSite


Teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteous web design.

May 30, 2008
by meandean
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find-a-bot.sh – a nice little script to ID bots bugging your website site

Already demonstrating earlier this week how to block spambots and rogue spiders. Today I’m completing the lesson with a nice little bash script sample that can help you identify some of these non-browser ‘candidates’ by parsing your access logs and placing the results in an easy-to-read text file. Continue reading

May 27, 2008
by meandean
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How to block spambots by user agent using .htaccess

Spambots and spiders that ignore robots exclusion file can kill your site both in bandwidth and by potentially exposing information you don’t want ‘harvested.’ With that in mind, here is a quick-n-dirty guide to blocking spambots and rogue search engine spiders by using .htaccess. First the essential example codeblock, followed by a working example: Continue reading

February 14, 2008
by meandean
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How to block a range of IPs from spamming your church website

Using a blog to manage a website’s content is a flexible and affordable solution more and more churches are employing to effectively present their message online. There is however one drawback – in that some of the open source blogging solutions used as content management on the cheap also tend to attract attention from nere-do-wells who attack the comment and content functions of application such as WordPress and MovableType with robotic floods of advertisements offering anything from enlarging various appendages to curing male baldness all while losing your life’s saving playing poker online. Continue reading