I've got a copy of WordPress running that has recently been moved off shared hosting and onto a VPS that I control. While a testing copy of the same site runs correctly on another vhost on the same instance, on the same IP address, after the time when I moved the public site across, the comments form began to redirect visitors back to their own IP address with a 302 Found in place of the successful 302 Moved Temporarily.

Running WP 3.4.1, I've tried:

  • reinstalling WP from the dashboard, and checked all plugins are up to date
  • deactivating all plugins and setting the theme to twenty-eleven
  • diffing against the working test installation to check they are the same
  • testing from more than one IP, computer and browser

all with no effect to the problem.

What is causing WordPress to redirect from the form submission back to the browser's ip address?

Here's a sample request to leave a comment at http://def-proc.co.uk/b/jwybj:

Request URL:./blog/wp-comments-post.php
Request Method:POST
Status Code:302 Found
Form Data
author:My Name
email:[email protected]
comment:Comment contents.
akismet_comment_nonce:(akismet nonce)
submit:Post Comment
bb2_screener_:(bb2 nonce) (my ip address)
Response Headers
Content-Type:text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
Date:Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:34:41 GMT
Keep-Alive:timeout=15, max=100
Location:http://(my ip address)/ 
  • whats your .htaccess?
    – pcarvalho
    Aug 1, 2012 at 21:58
  • …and that's the answer, thank you! I'd got a redirect for wp-comments-post.php that required the referrer to be from the development site's url. Do you want to change your comment to an answer so I can mark it solved?
    – DefProc
    Aug 3, 2012 at 14:25

1 Answer 1


Check your .htaccess for possible redirects to the old ip address.

i'm filling up the response with text because, honestly there's nothing much to say ;)

reference .htaccess

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