My local site affects someone else’s remote site

Background: I’m an MVP on someone else’s WordPress-based site on the internet. The site has a very short edit period for posts. I’m old and slightly dyslexic and make loads of typos (in my usually long and detailed step-by-step instructions about how to resolve various IT issues), many of which I don’t pick up on until after this edit period has expired. So… what to do?

Aha! I installed a pre-configured site (based on Turnkey Linux) locally as a VMWare VM on a Windows 10 PC on my LAN. Worked great and I updated it to the latest WordPress 5.5.1. I now prepare my posts locally without any edit period restrictions, fix my numerous typos then copy/paste them to the remote site. Conversely, I’ve been copying/pasting my previous posts on the internet website to my local WordPress site so I have a local backup.

This worked great again… for many hours. And then it didn’t. Several times now I’ve refreshed the internet website only to be locked out with a 503 error – “Your access to this site has been limited by the site owner” – due to WordFence. The ‘Block Reason’ given is “Accessed a banned URL”. This clears by the next day but happens again and again… three days in a row now.

I’ve noticed that my local site running in the VM now shows my (gr)avatar from the internet site. How did that happen? How have the two sites seemingly become linked? And how do I/can I unlink them? Was it because I used the same email address for both my local site and the other person’s internet sites?

Go gently, please. This is my first post and I’m just a ‘content creator’ for the internet site, not a forum admin. By that I mean I know next to nothing about WordPress except I was able to install a self-contained turnkey version as a local VM and begin to add posts to it. That’s the limit of my WordPress experience so far.

Many thanks in anticipation. Rick

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