Know how to fix mixed content errors on your website
Hey! Are you having problems with mixed content errors? We can help you detect and fix mixed content errors on the website.
Mixed content errors are caused by insecure resources that exist on a website, even if you have an SSL certificate installed on your server. Websites can be affected by this.
Two types of mixed content are available on the website: “Passive mixed contents” and “Active mix content”.
Passive mixed content means content that 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 mix of content can include video, audio, and images.
Active mixed content is content that interacts with the entire page and allows the attacker to do anything with it. This mix of content can include scripts, iframes and flash resources, stylesheets, and any other code that browsers can download and execute.
This article will help you to fix mixed content errors.
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What is mixed content?
Mixed content errors occur when the website’s initial HTML loads over a secure HTTP connection. HTTPS connection but other resources such as images, videos, and CSS files are loading over non-secure HTTP connections.
Mixed content is when both HTTPS and HTTPS content have been loaded to display the same page. This happens when the initial load was done on an HTTPS connection. Mixed content can also occur when other resources load over a secure connection, but get to redirect to HTTP ://.
Also read: Moving from HTTP to HTTP
The browser displays mixed content errors because of this. How can we find mixed content on websites?
Let’s now look at the different ways to find a mixed content error in your website.
How can you detect mixed content errors in your website?
It is easy to detect mixed content errors. After installing your SSL certificate, you might notice that there is no padlock. This could be due to a lack of redirection, or a mixed content error.
If the website has fewer resources that aren’t secure, mixed content errors can be detected manually. These errors can also be detected using tools that automatically give the list of non-secure resources.
Manually locating mixed content
- Go to the website where you are looking for a mixed content error.
- Use control+shift + I to select a keyword, or right-click to select “Inspect”. You will see a screen with many options.
- Click on the “Console”, tab right next to the tab “Element”.
- All non-secure resources can be accessed by clicking on the Console. Refer to the below image.
alternatively, you can find the website Source Code.
Go to your website, and then press Control + U. The source code will open in a new tab.
– Next, search for “HTTP ://” and take note of all URLs that begin with HTTP.
You can manually find mixed content errors on a small website. However, it is difficult to find all non-secure content on a large website.
Tools are available to automatically identify all non-secure web resources and give you a complete list.
Tools for detecting mixed content errors
- This tool allows you to check all insecure hyperlinks on your website. Simply by entering the URL (in this pattern https://www.your_domain.com/secure_page.html), this tool gives you a list of insecure links on your website. It is completely free to use and very easy to use.
- : This tool is free and allows you to search for mixed content issues on a website. Sometimes it doesn’t give exact details.
- This online tool scans insecure links within a website. You can use it for large websites, such as sites with more than 300 pages. It can take some time to load the list.
- Easy SSL This plugin is for WordPress websites and not a tool. WordPress plugin automatically scans and fixes mixed content.
We have now identified all insecure links on the site. What’s the next step?
How can I fix mixed content errors in my website?
It is now time to fix insecure links, i.e. To make all resources available to HTTPS:// from HTTP ://. This can be fixed by following the steps outlined in the website type.
We have listed steps for the most popular website to fix mixed content.
WordPress website: Fix mixed content error
Installing a WordPress plugin, such as Simple SSL and SSL Insecure Content Fixer, is the first thing you should do. You can choose which plugin you want to install. This article will show you how to install a plugin.
After it has been installed successfully, activate it. After activation is complete, go to the settings and select SSL Insecure Content.
Click on SSL Insecure Content to see the below image. It displays various options for configuration.
- Simple is the recommended option for WordPress users. It detects and corrects mixed content errors in WordPress automatically. It loads all scripts and media library images, as well as stylesheets from HTTPS ://.
- Content – If the sample does not work, then this method is recommended. This method includes all the features of Simple plus fixes resource issues in the page content widgets and the “Text” widgets.
- Widgets – This widget contains all the Content features, and it also fixes all WordPress widgets that load on your site.
- Capture – This method repairs every page of a website, from the header to the footer. It loads all resources using HTTPS automatically. This process is slower and may affect the performance of your website.
- Capture all. This method is used when all other methods fail. This method automatically loads all resources to HTTPS ://. This could hurt your performance.
Scroll down to the HTTPS detection section after you have selected the section that suits your needs. This section will help you choose the right HTTPS detection for your website.
This section uses the WordPress function on most websites as its default.
These options work if you’re using Cloudflare CDN or Nginx Web Server. Depending on your setup, choose the best method for your website.
Click on the Save Changes button to save your configuration.
If you still have mixed content issues after configuration, you can try other methods to fix them.
Mixed content errors on your website (other than WordPress) can be fixed
Here is how to fix mixed content errors in WordPress websites.
It’s very easy, simply serve all content via HTTPS on your website instead of HTTP.
First, locate all resources that are running on HTTP ://.
After you have identified all insecure links, move all links to https://from HTTP ://.
Enter the HTTP URL in a new tab to verify that the URL you are looking for is accessible over HTTPS. If HTTP URL copied redirects into HTTPS, you can then change the resource to HTTP:// or HTTPS:// in your website’s source code.
Note All resources, such as images and scripts, must be loaded from a secure source. It should have an SSL certificate to protect it.
If the number of insecure links is less, you can still take the above steps.