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AACC World Conference for Christian Counseling — March 19, 2023

AACC World Conference for Christian Counseling

American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)’s mission is committed to assisting Christian counselors, the entire “community of care,” licensed professionals, pastors, and lay church members with little or no formal training. Their premiere event is this upcoming conference in September 2023, with space for 7000 to attend.

2023 World Conference

in Nashville, Tennessee on September 13-16, 2023

View all the details in this conference brochure scan –

Troubleshooting the 508 Resource Limit Reached error — February 11, 2023

Troubleshooting the 508 Resource Limit Reached error

Sure there could be many reasons that a website gets a 508 Resource Limit Reached error message. And the generic answers are what you might have to check into and troubleshoot.

But it sure is helpful when I finally found a customer service agent that could find the specific problem that was causing my website to become unavailable about once a week recently, even when I wasn’t doing anything in particular to edit my WordPress-powered website or update plugins or doing anything intensive, because I literally wasn’t doing anything on the website.

Some articles out there talk about looking at the Resource Usage snapshot or detail, to see the usage levels for CPU, Inotes, I/O, IOPS, Entry Processes, and Physical Memory. Nice graphs and charts to tell you the usage level, but they don’t tell you WHAT is using up those resources. That’s the information we actually need, you know?

In my situation, the problem was a bot attack from Panama. The customer service agent at InMotion Hosting, my current shared web hosting company for (and its add-on sites) looked thru the Activity Log and noticed a barrage of visits from one IP address, and that’s what queued up a ton of requests that used up the web server’s resources.

They explained, “I see hundreds of requests for different files from the same IP and user agent. That can fill up the entry processes which in turn spawns the 508 error.”

Stopping Bot Attacks in Cloudflare

The customer service agent suggested, “You might want to look into something like Cloudflare which has a very robust bot and automated attack prevention systems. They have a free tier which is what most people would need on their sites as their paid versions are more geared toward enterprise-level systems.”

And, good thing, that’s where I have my DNS for my website. I went over to Cloudflare, and made sure to turn ON the setting for Bot Fight Mode with all my websites. (under website > Security > Bots > Bot Fight Mode)

(Hopefully that’ll resolve things for weeks and months ahead. I’ll update this blog post if it all goes well, or not.)

how to cancel LA Fitness account with the greatest of ease — January 22, 2023

how to cancel LA Fitness account with the greatest of ease

I needed to cancel to LA Fitness accounts for my in-laws, since they haven’t used their membership for years, as they are aging into their 80s.

Looking at the LA Fitness website, the cancellation form was behind an online account login, which they don’t have. I search for an answer on the web and they made it sound difficult to cancel and required mailing a cancellation form that you could get from a LA fitness location.

To my surprise, I walk into the Irvine location, asked for cancellation forms. But the guy just asked for the members’ names and phone number, marked the accounts for cancellation, and said the Operations manager would confirm the cancellations by email this week.

Your mileage may vary.

2022 info about Spire Stone: Stress Management and Activity Tracker — October 24, 2022

2022 info about Spire Stone: Stress Management and Activity Tracker

Unfortunately, the Spire Stone app on iOS and Android no longer exists. Don’t waste $90+ buying this hardware that is just plain worthless. For no good reason, there’s an Amazon seller that’s still listing the item for sale. That’s just so wrong.

recent amazon reviews for Spire Stone

What Happened to Spire Stone?

The only indicator of what happened to it was a tweet reply that said Spire Stone support would end in June 2020:

And on the Spire Health website, the Stone basically quietly disappeared along the way in 2019 on its website, to be replaced with a newer product called Health Tag. The Spire Stone did have some neat features back in its day, as this screen shot of the Quick Start Guide shows—

Is Cloudflare Causing WordPress Redirect Loop? — July 5, 2022

Is Cloudflare Causing WordPress Redirect Loop?

How I fixed the WordPress installation on my web hosting service when it had a wp-admin redirect loop. I’m sharing this in hopes it will save hours of time for others.

First, I had registered a new domain name using the Cloudflare Registrar, which is one of the very few domain registrars that has at-cost pricing for registration and renewal. Then I setup my new domain name to point to the web hosting shared IP address by adding a DNS A record.

I did a fresh installation on my web hosting service ( using Softaculous, and that was very easy. I was able to go to my new website (or new blog) home page, and see everything a-okay. However, but I got this redirect loop error message when I tried to go to where I would normally go to login for the WordPress Admin Dashboard.

redirect loop error

And, depending on your web hosting, you might have 1 of these 2 error messages:

Temporarily Unavailable
We apologize for the inconvenience, but this page is currently unavailable. Please check back again later.

429 Too Many Requests
The requested URL is rate-limited and has received too many requests within a short amount of time.

How I fixed the redirect loop for WordPress Admin and a Domain Registered at Cloudflare

I found more than a handful of articles with troubleshooting tips to fix the redirect loop on WordPress like at here and here and here. Those tips may fix other people’s WordPress situation, but it did not fix mine.

What I had to do was go back to the Cloudflare admin dashboard and turn off proxy for the 2 DNS records that pointed to my web hosting server.

Then I made a new installation of WordPress via Softaculous. Went all the way through to the admin link and made sure everything was working. Then, and only then, I went back to the Cloudflare admin dashboard and turn ON proxy for those 2 DNS records.

Why did this make a difference, a big difference? It has something to do with how SSL works from a user’s web browser to the Cloudflare DNS and that goes to the web server. When that SSL connection is proxied by Cloudflare (instead of directly connected, without proxy), the WordPress admin and web server and SSL status gets confused and messed up or something that makes it not work. Hope this was helpful.

Other References

Fix For Redirect Loops on WordPress with CloudFlare’s Flexible/Universal SSL