WP Super Cache — Content Encoding Error Problem

I had recently installed WP Super Cache on my WordPress blog. Initially, the plugin works fine but after a few minutes the pages refuse to load and some really weird error messages appear.

Opera internet browser shows something like this:


While Mozilla Firefox gives an error message..

Content Encoding Error

The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression.

* Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem.

If you change the URL to page 2 and go back to page 1 it loads just fine. And then if you clear your cache it stops working again.


So what to do??

Here is a checklist you might wanna look at before panicking.

  • Go to the advanced settings page and enable “PHP caching” and make sure compression is disabled.
  • When you get that error in your browser, look in your web server’s error.log file around that time. It might be PHP is timing out and tossing a badly formed page.
  • If your big pages takes a long time and db queries to generate, then break it up into manageable chunks.

If the problem still persists, I may have a solution.

You didn’t happen to have gzip compression turned on in WP-Super-Cache, did you?  That’s normally why that error spits back.

Since the host already ‘gzip compresses’ most of the things that go through Apache, asking Super Cache to do that for you again ends up giving out these weird encoding errors.

I hope you succeeded with your problem now. If you didn’t, be sure to tell me. We’ll try and fix it together!

HOW TO: Access Blocked Websites Easily

This article is not made as an intention for accessing blocked websites in Colleges, Schools and even in Offices. All comes under Ethical Hacking. Facebook, Orkut, MySpace… these are some of the websites that are usually blocked. Even in my college this happens. But trust me, these are quite lame protection. Below are some of the ways to unblock and access the websites that are blocked. I wrote the steps in simple way, hope it is helpful for ethical purposes. Earlier we saw how to block websites without using any software.

1. Redirect the Site using Short URLUnBlock websites

You can convert your blocked URL into a short URL, so that it may help you bypass the settings.

Some of the free services for shortening your URL are TinyURL, MooURL and SnipURL. You can also start your own URL shortening site like we did.

2. Use Google Cache Link

Search Engines like Google and Yahoo! provide cached links in their search results. You can make use of it for accessing blocked websites, because these cached pages are stored in the search engine itself. Type the blocked website URL in Google Search and click the Cached link to access the cached copy of that website.

3. Use IP Address instead of URL

Some of the people and software use the URL of the website for blocking and if you use the IP address of the website here, it may allow you to bypass the settings and you can access that blocked site. You can find the IP address of a website in two ways. In local computer, go to command prompt and type ping domainname.com and it will display the IP address. You can also find it through online resources like Whats My IP.

4. Use Proxy Websites

You can try the millions of Proxy websites available in the Internet for accessing blocked sites. They allow you to use their proxy or domain to browse other sites as anonymous. I wrote an article regarding the list of proxies commonly used.

  • 50 Proxy Websites To Access Blocked Websites

5. Translate the Website

Some online translation services allows us to convert or translate a website/ blog from one language to another and display the site in the results in their own pages. You can try Google Translate, AltaVista BabelFish for translating your site.

This is just a small list, there are plenty of ways to get around blocked websites, the internet is full of opportunities.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, these tips and tricks are not posted for the intention for unblocking blocked websites in Schools, colleges and many places. Don’t try to breach the rules and regulations. Try to use these for Security purposes indeed. Try to be Smart and Ethical.