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login busted

Feb 5, 2008 at 5:59 AM
I hope this is an easy one. I have helped a friend build his new blog at, and we are struggling with an issue that I am not knowledgable enough to address. If you click the 'sign in' link on his site, a 404 error is returned. Even when I go directly to login.aspx, a 404 is returned after clicking the login button.

Can someone give me an idea of where to look? Please visit the site to recreate the issue for yourself.

Thanks for any help!
Feb 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM
It looks like you've got it fixed now or at least it works fine for me.
Feb 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM
Edited Feb 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM
Removed duplicate post. (Second one today!)
Feb 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM
Thanks for trying...

That's weird. It still doesn't work for either of us (the owner and myself). I've cleaned out my browser cache to see if something was causing the issue, and I still get the 404 after clicking the 'sign in' link. I also still get it when I browse directly to login.aspx, enter credentials and click the 'login' button.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Perhaps someone else could try?
Feb 5, 2008 at 6:15 PM
Worked for me as well.

You may be fighting a dns cache.

Open a command prompt and type ipconfig /flushdns
Feb 6, 2008 at 2:53 AM
Edited Feb 6, 2008 at 2:54 AM
Thanks ckincincy. I ran the command and nothing improved. Just out of curiosity (plus I've been meaning to since reformatting), I downloaded Firefox. Everything worked just fine. So, I'm assuming that something in IE is causing the problem. I've tried 4 different machines, and the login doesn't work on any of them when browsing via IE. Are you by chance using a browser other than IE?

I am going to place a call to the hosting company tomorrow to see if anything changed on the server, recently. That wouldn't seem to make sense, but I'm really wondering what caused the issue.

Oh well, at least I can log in now!
Feb 6, 2008 at 3:02 AM
Just a side note, I noticed that if I enter the address I can get to the login screen but if I click on the sign in link I get directed to the Default.aspx page... Strange...
Feb 6, 2008 at 2:17 PM
Try clearing your cache, had a similar issue on another web project here at my work. My boss was getting 404 pages, but it was purely his IE cache.
Feb 7, 2008 at 12:04 AM
I used Fiddler2 to have a look at the communication happening during the sign on and noticed a bunch of issues related to the Amazon widget you have loaded... Can you try and remove anything related to Amazon and see if that helps?
Feb 7, 2008 at 12:18 AM
Edited Feb 7, 2008 at 12:31 AM
I believe the issue might have something to do with you having two <form> tags on your pages. If you right click on the page and select view source, and then search for <form you will see two different <form> tags. Could the second form tag be causing the problem? Can you try and remove the form tag and see if that solves the problem?
Feb 7, 2008 at 5:12 AM
Thanks for the info about Amazon. I'm embarassed to admit it, but i've never seen Fiddler until tonight. I'll never be without it again!

I have figured out that the Feedburner email subscription form is the cause. Despite the Amazon stuff, everything works just fine until I add in the Feedburner form. Now, I just have to determine why...
Feb 7, 2008 at 6:42 PM
Well I can't imagine not having Fiddler2. With support for viewing SSL traffic using a man-in-the-middle type hack you can actually see encrypted traffic that is passing between you and any website. For those who don't have this you can get it at

Also don't forget about the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar for looking at the details of your web page...

And if that's not enough then have a look at IE7Pro at
"...which adds a lot of features and extras which make your Browsing faster,More Responsive and Sleek."