Hey! Facing problem-related to mixed content errors? Don’t worry we are here to help you in detecting and fixing mixed content errors on your website.
The mixed content errors occur when there are insecure resources on your website even after installing an SSL certificate on your web server. This can have adverse effects on websites.
There are two types of mixed content on the website namely “Passive mixed content” and “Active mixed content”.
Passive mixed content means content which does not interact with the rest of the page and helps to restrict man-in-the-middle-attack from getting intercepted by them or getting content changed by them. This type of mixed content includes video, audio content, images, along with other resources which don’t interact with the rest of the page.
Active mixed content means content which interacts with the whole page and helps the attacker to do anything with the whole page. This type of mixed content includes scripts, iframes, flash resources, stylesheets, and other code which browser can download and execute.
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The mixed content error occurs when a website’s initial HTML is loading over a secure connection i.e. HTTPS connection, but other resources like images, videos, java scripts, CSS files, stylesheets, etc are loading over a non-secure HTTP connection.
When both HTTP and HTTPS content are been loaded to display the same page, which is initially loaded on an HTTPS connection. Mixed content also occurs when other resources are loading over a secure connection but getting to redirect to HTTP://.
Also Read: Switching from http to https
Due to such reason’s browser showcases an error of mixed content. So how can we see such mixed content on a website or how to find mixed content on a website?
Now let’s dig deep into various ways of finding a mixed content error on your website.
Detecting mixed content errors is very simple, after installing the SSL certificate on your website you may notice there is no padlock. This can happen because you haven’t done proper redirection or there is a mixed content error.
Mixed content errors can be either detected manually if the website is small or having fewer resources that are not secure. They can also be detected through tools which automatically gives the list of not secure resources.
Alternatively, you can find in the website Source Code.
-Go to your website and press Control + U. Source code will open in a new tab of browser.
– Then find “http://” and note all the URLs starting with HTTP.
If your website is small, then you can easily find and note mixed content errors manually. But with a large website, you can’t find all the non-secure contents.
So here where tools come into picture which automatically detects all the non-secure resources on the website and gives you a complete list of URLs.
Now as we have analyzed and noted all the insecure links on the website so now what’s the next step.
Now is time to fix all insecure links i.e. to make all the resources to https:// from http://. To fix this there are different steps demanding on the website type.
We have given steps of the most common website to fix mixed content on the website.
The first thing you need to do is to install a WordPress plugin such as Really Simple SSL or SSL Insecure Content Fixer. It’s up to you which one you would like to install. If you don’t know to install a plugin, kindly visit this article on how to install a WordPress Plugin.
After installing it successfully, activate the plugin. Upon the activation, now to go to the settings and click SSL Insecure Content (or the plugin which you have installed).
On a click of SSL Insecure Content, you would see below image that displays with various options to configure.
After selecting the above section according to your need, scroll down to the HTTPS Detection section. In this section, you need to choose proper HTTPS Detection for your website.
The default option for this section is the WordPress function for most websites.
Below options are suitable if you are using Cloudflare CDN, Nginx web server and many more. Select the appropriate method for your website depending on setup.
Now save your configuration by clicking on the Save Changes button.
Still, after configuration, you are facing mixed content error, then check using other methods through which you would be able to solve mixed content errors.
Below is the best way for fixing mixed content errors on the website which is not on WordPress.
It is very simple, just serve all the content via HTTPS instead of HTTP on your website.
Firstly, find all the resources which all running on http://.
Once you have noted all the insecure links, you must move all the links to https:// from http://.
Check whether the noted URL is available over the HTTPS connection by entering the HTTP URL in the new tab. If HTTP URL copied redirects to HTTPS, then you can change the resource from http:// to https:// in the source code of your website.
Note: All the resources such as images, scripts, videos, stylesheets must be load on a secure source. In the simple term, it should be secure with an SSL certificate.
The above steps can be done if the insecure links are less in terms of number.
If there are many insecure links, then you must run a script in the header file.
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