“FAQ” post for Frequently Asked (and presales) Questions about BBQ Pro.
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Do I need to do anything else for BBQ to work?
Nope, just install and relax knowing that BBQ is protecting your site from bad URL requests.
Do I need any coding skills to use BBQ Pro?
As with the free version of the plugin, everything is plug-n-play with no configuration required. Once you activate the plugin and license, BBQ protection is enabled. So you can just “set it and forget it”, or visit the BBQ Pro admin to customize settings and patterns exactly as desired.
Does BBQ Pro work with WP Multisite?
Yes, BBQ Pro works with multisite! The license count is per site, however, not per network.
What other security plugins do you recommend?
I recently recorded a video tutorial series for Lynda.com on how to secure WordPress sites. That’s a good place to learn more about the best techniques and WP plugins for protecting your site against threats.
How do I customize the default plugin settings?
Visit the Settings screen. Click the “Help” tab in the upper-right corner at any time for complete documentation.
How do I customize the default patterns that are used by BBQ to block bad requests?
Visit the Patterns screen. Click the “Help” tab in the upper-right corner at any time for complete documentation.
Does BBQ Pro affect/use .htaccess?
No, BBQ Pro does not modify any files whatsoever. It definitely does not do anything to/with .htaccess. BBQ Pro does not affect, use, or have anything to do with any .htaccess file, anywhere.
Can I use BBQ Pro and WordFence Firewall together at the same time?
Yes absolutely, many people use both plugins. The plugins focus on different aspects of security, and the firewalls are blocking different things, so yes it’s fine to use both together on any WordPress site.
Can we disable the plugin called “SpamReferrerBlock” if we are running BBQ Pro?
Yes, basically the plugins are aimed at two different things:
- SpamReferrerBlock block referrer spam only
- BBQ Pro blocks all types of bad requests, not just referrer traffic
So yes you can disable the other plugin when you are running BBQ Pro. Then if you notice any weird/unwanted requests making it through, you can easily block them.
How can I log blocked requests?
Out of the box, BBQ Pro provides basic statistics, so you can tell which patterns are most effective and fine-tune your firewall. To go further, you can log blocked requests by installing a free plugin.
Can I block user-enumeration scans with BBQ Pro?
Yes, quite easily. Just follow this tutorial.
Does BBQ block malicious strings included in arrays?
Yes, BBQ Pro scans any arrays that are included in the URI request. If any matching patterns are found, the request is blocked.
Could you tell me the difference between BBQ Pro and Jetpack Protect?
They secure different aspects of your site. Specifically, Jetpack Protect focuses on login protection (brute force attacks), while BBQ Pro provides strong firewall security, which helps protect against malicious attacks in general. So running both plugins is 100% fine to give you strong firewall protection (BBQ) and solid brute-force protection (Jetpack).
Where can I find more information about BBQ Pro?
Check out the Help tab (upper-right corner) on any of the plugin screens for complete documentation.
Also check out the following resources:
Additionally, tutorials for BBQ Pro will be posted in the Tuts category.