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I was doing some speed tests on my site recently and I noticed that my wp-content/uploads folder takes a long time to connect and then gives a 404 error. Does anyone know what might be causing this?

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What do you mean that it returns a 404? Are you able to view any of your uploads? And what are the settings in your Settings > Media panel set to? –  goldenapples Mar 10 '11 at 21:44

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That folder shouldn't be something that you're directly linking to anyway, in 99% of cases. It should have a 501 Not Authorized via .htaccess, or just a blank index.php page within it.

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Thank you for your replies! I believe that somehow the index.php in the folder was deleted recently. When I added it again the 404 stopped. Pingdom is still showing that it takes a long time (3.2 secs) to connect to that folder though and several of the images on my home page. I have never had a problem with it taking that long to load before. –  user3868 Mar 11 '11 at 5:10

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