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How to Fix Common SSL Issues in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)

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Are you running into SSL issues on your WordPress website?

Moving a WordPress site to SSL can sometimes result in unexpected issues. If you are adding an SSL certificate to an existing WordPress site and are running into errors, then you have come to the right place.

In this article, we will show you how to fix the most common SSL issues in WordPress.

Fixing common HTTPS / SSL issues in WordPress

What Is SSL/HTTPS, and Why You Should Start Using It Right Away?

SSL is an abbreviation used for Secure Sockets Layers, an encryption technology that creates a secure connection between the user’s browser and your WordPress hosting server.

Once you enable SSL, your website will use HTTPS instead of HTTP. You will also see a padlock or ‘tune’ sign next to your website address in the browser to show that it is secure.

Google Chrome Message About Secure Websites

SSL/HTTPS makes it harder for hackers to eavesdrop on the connection. Each SSL/HTTPS-enabled site is issued a unique SSL certificate for identification purposes.

If a server is only pretending to be on HTTPS and its certificate doesn’t match, then most modern browsers will warn the user against connecting to the website.

Insecure connection warning

Google encourages all website owners to use SSL/HTTPS in order to improve overall web security.

That’s why Chrome marks all websites without an SSL certificate as “Not secure”.

Chrome HTTP not secure

The ‘Not secure’ label in the browser’s address bar gives a bad impression to your customers about your business. Aside from that, you also need SSL/HTTPS enabled if you want to start an online store or use payment services like PayPal, Stripe, and Authorize.net.

Considering the pros and cons, all WordPress websites need to switch to SSL/HTTPS.

If you haven’t already done that, then you can read our guide on how to properly move WordPress from HTTP to HTTPS for step-by-step instructions.

Recommended: Check out our guide on how to get a free SSL certificate or buy an SSL certificate at a discount from Domain.com.

However, you may run into some WordPress errors with your SSL certificate. So, let’s take a look at some of the common issues with SSL/HTTPS in WordPress and how to fix them:

1. Fixing the NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID Error

The NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID error message appears in Google Chrome. Other browsers display a slightly different message, but it basically warns users that their connection to your website is insecure.

Certificate authority invalid error

This SSL error message indicates that the user’s web browser didn’t accept the certificate presented by the website. This could happen due to a number of reasons:

  • The SSL certificate is issued to a different domain name or subdomain.
  • The certificate has expired.
  • Your browser doesn’t recognize the certificate-issuing authority.

If you purchased an SSL certificate and asked your WordPress hosting provider to install it for you, then you can contact them to fix it for you.

If you manually installed the SSL certificate, then try reinstalling it or contact your SSL certificate provider for support.

2. Fixing Mixed Content Errors After Moving to SSL/HTTPS

Mixed content errors are caused by sources that are still loading using the insecure HTTP protocol in the URLs. These can include resources such as images, scripts, or stylesheets.

If that is the case, then you will not be able to see a secure padlock or ‘tune’ icon in your website’s address bar.

Not Secure HTTP website

There are two ways to fix SSL/HTTPS mixed content errors in WordPress. We will show you both of them, and then you can pick one that works best for you.

1. Fixing Mixed Content Errors in WordPress Using a Plugin

This method is easier and is recommended for beginners. But it can have a negative impact on your WordPress performance because the plugin attempts to fix mixed content errors by using an output buffering technique.

However, if you are using a caching plugin, then it will only impact the first page load. Returning visitors won’t notice any difference in performance.

First, you will need to make sure you have an SSL certificate. If you are not sure if you have one, see our guide on how to get a free SSL certificate for your WordPress website.

Then, simply install and activate the Really Simple SSL plugin. For more details, please see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Settings » SSL page from your WordPress admin dashboard to review the plugin settings. Really Simple SSL works out of the box and will automatically take care of your SSL/HTTPS settings and fix mixed content errors.

Really Simple SSL settings page

To learn more, see our detailed Really Simple SSL review.

2. Manually Fixing Mixed Content Errors in WordPress

This method is more effective and better for your website’s performance. However, it requires manual troubleshooting.

First, you need to go to Settings » General and make sure that the ‘WordPress Address’ and ‘Site Address’ options have HTTPS URLs.

WordPress URL settings

If you see URLs starting with ‘http’, then you need to go ahead and change them to ‘https’. Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Next, you need to find the old HTTP URLs in your WordPress database and replace them with the new HTTPS URLs.

You can easily do that by installing and activating the Better Search Replace plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Tools » Better Search Replace page. In the ‘Search’ field, you need to add your website URL with HTTP. After that, add your website URL with ‘https’ in the ‘Replace’ field.

Better Search Replace plugin

The plugin will now update URLs in your WordPress database.

If you are still seeing mixed content errors, then the next step is to troubleshoot URLs in your WordPress theme and plugin files.

Using your browser’s Inspect tool, you will need to locate the resources causing the errors and take note of which website files they are loading from.

Using inspect tool to locate mixed content errors

If you are experienced at editing WordPress files, then you can access those theme files using FTP or your web hosting file manager. You need to edit each file and replace ‘http’ with ‘https’.

Another alternative is to reach out to the theme developer and ask them to update their theme. They will need to use WordPress best practices to load files, which will fix the HTTP/HTTPS issue.

The same goes for the mixed content loaded by a WordPress plugin. We don’t recommend editing plugin files yourself, so you should notify the plugin developer and request an update. Meanwhile, you can disable the plugin on your site or find an alternative plugin.

3. Fixing the Too Many Redirects Errors After Moving to SSL/HTTPS

WordPress allows you to enforce SSL/HTTPS for the admin area by entering the following line into your wp-config.php file:

define('FORCE_SSL_ADMIN', true);

However, in some scenarios, this setting alone can cause the ‘Too many redirects‘ error.

To fix this, you will need to add the following code to your wp-config.php file just before the line that says, ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging.’:

define('FORCE_SSL_ADMIN', true);
// in some setups HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO might contain
// a comma-separated list e.g. http,https
// so check for https existence
if (strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO'], 'https') !== false)
       $_SERVER['HTTPS']='on';

4. Fixing the WordPress HTTP to HTTPS Redirect

WordPress will not automatically redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS unless you tell it to do so. If you are using a plugin like Really Simple SSL, then it will take care of redirects. Otherwise, you will have to manually set up redirects.

To set up HTTP to HTTPS redirect, you need to add the following code to your .htaccess file:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
</IfModule>

We hope this article helped you fix some common issues with SSL/HTTPS in WordPress. You may also want to see our ultimate WordPress security guide or our expert picks for the best WordPress SEO plugins and tools.

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  2. Dennis Muthomi says

    Well I’ll be honest, I have never experienced a SSL issue before, but I’m bookmarking this page so I can refer back to it when I face an error in the future.
    Thank you for this!

  3. Jiří Vaněk says

    The biggest problems I’ve always had to deal with were mixed content issues on the website. The Really Simple SSL plugin is really great for this problem, especially for beginners starting with WordPress. For others, it’s better to use Phpmyadmin and fix the data directly in the database. Otherwise, what do you think is better, redirecting WordPress to https through the administration or through the .htaccess file? In my opinion, using .htaccess will be better in terms of speed.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      There is no specifically better option, it would depend on which a user is most comfortable with :)

      Admin

  4. Mrteesurez says

    Thanks for this guide.
    I thought the issue of SSL certificate not set up correctly is mostly from the hosting site one is using as most hosting offer free SSL with the hosting services.

  5. Soumyajit Bera says

    Hi. After changing my website from http to https I am not able to open my website. Please help me what to do now.
    It is showing ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For that specific error, you would want to check with your hosting provider to ensure your SSL certificate is set up on your site properly as the most common reason and they should be able to help fix this.

      Admin

  6. Marianne says

    I couldn’t access my wordpress account but I can access CPANEL> Anything I can do to update my SSL on my site so i can login?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the specific error you are receiving but if you are unable to log into your site we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider and they can normally assist with SSL errors.

      Admin

  7. Macor says

    Interesting.
    Even I had everything OK in my dashboard (step 2) I needed to update database links with Better Search plugin.
    Thank you very much.

  8. MK says

    I have installed my free SSL on my domain provided by Hostgator. Its current status is active but my domain is not opening. it showing an error “might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address”

  9. Vivek says

    I installed ssl for my website using wordpress plugin.
    When I entered url of my website on my pc, it shows secure.
    When I enter url from other devices, it shows not secure.

    Please help me with this.
    Thank You

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If your URL is properly set in your WordPress settings, then you would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure there isn’t a redirect causing an issue.

      Admin

  10. Rajendra Rana says

    When I am typing http:// in browser i am getting “your connection is note private…” issue. But when I am using https:// then there is no errer. please help

  11. Antonio says

    I had a 3d engine that used shortcode, SSL made it blocked, fixing the ulr in settings made it work again, thanks for the article! absolutely no one had any idea why it was not showing up, not the host not the creator of the engine .. and it was such a simple fix.. thanks again!

  12. Ahmad Jawad Hassaan says

    it worked for me, my site already had ssl installed but, while installing wp i didnt choose https, so i went to general setttings as you have said and, changed it to https.
    Thank you.

  13. Pierre says

    chrome displays: “access to this site is not FULLY secure”

    I was thinking back to whether there were recent changes or updates.
    But all I know is that someone in our department had only just changed themes!? and that there was a recent update in WordPress
    Merci. Thanks in advance

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to look at 2 in this article for the most likely culprit with your theme change.

      Admin

  14. Paul says

    Hi. I just got an ssl certificate for my website and after following the instructions on how to set it up in wordpress, i can’t login to my dashboard any longer. After entering my correct login details, the page will load and return to the login page again. Please I’ll need help fixing this.

  15. Jocie Holloway says

    I just tried enabling my SSL certificates using the Really Simple SSL plugin and now I am getting this error when I try to access my website: Error code 30
    The proxy failed to connect to the web server, no web server IP is defined. Do you have suggestions on how to fix this?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For that, we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider for them to take a look and they can normally assist and fix this issue.

      Admin

  16. Marco says

    Hi,

    Any idea why if I go to home page of my website is unsecured and if I press one more time is secured…Anybody knows how to fix this issue?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to your hosting provider and they can normally assist with that if it is not caching issue with your browser or site.

      Admin

  17. Maarten Corten says

    Hello,

    I recently asked my provider to turn my ( WordPress) website into https. Ever since, my website (including the wp-admin backoffice) has a very long loading time on mobile devices, a few minutes. Desktop is fine.

    Is this a typical problem? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

  18. nuril says

    hi dude i wanna ask…
    why when i upload themes from my directory pc, my website change to http.
    you know how to fix this?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      To start you would want to check with your hosting provider to ensure your SSL is set up properly.

      Admin

  19. Ajmal says

    My website is showing this message. How to resolve this issue? Please help!!
    This site can’t provide a secure connection ×××.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure there are no issues with your SSL certificate.

      Admin

  20. Shivam Narayan says

    Thank you so much sir. My problem of “Info/Not Secure” of SSL is solved with this Amazing Article. Thank you so much.

    Keep helping us.

  21. Gord Wait says

    Brilliant! Not often you run into a tutorial that just does exactly what it says!
    Site now secured! ;)

  22. Przemysław says

    Thanks a lot. I did all the steps from other sources but they didn’t have more detailed stuff to search for errors. Like looking into console to find errors. Seems obvious but well. Thanks a lot!

  23. Prashant Kashyap says

    Very helpful information.
    Especially, the plugin “better search replace” helped me a lot.
    Thank you so much.

  24. anurag says

    After i activate the plugin and load the website, the page appears not secure on the first load. However, when i refresh the page, it shows the page as secure. This issue happens every time :/

  25. Imtiyaz says

    When I search my Website directly on Google it shows site not secured sign but when I search it with adding https: then it shows secured sign. So is my site secured or not , I am confused

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Google may have cached the non-https version of your site, if you’ve submitted your sitemap you can have Google recrawl your site.

      Admin

  26. Luis says

    Hi,

    Thanks for your post. I was able to fix ssl on one of my sites, however, I have another site with the woocommerce plugin and, with these steps, I couldn’t solve the problem.

    I tried to deactivate all the plugins and when I deactivate the woocommerce my site works fine.

    The problem is “too many redirects” and with this the page does not load.

    Can anyone give me some tips on how to solve the redirects issue in the woocommerce plugin?

  27. Regina says

    Hello,

    I appreciate all your guidance in this post, my truggle is taht I redirect the URLs in WP General Settings, while the status of SSL Certificate wasn’t active so now I can’t access to My WordPress administration it appears the NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID error, so I already call my webhosting to fix the SSL Certificate issiue and it will get fixed, but now I wonder if there is a chance that I cand revert the URL to HTTP in CPANEL, so I can word on the design of my webpages…

    Please Help Me

  28. vinayak says

    Having problems opening my site on firefox and safari. I’ve installed SSL on one of my domains and the had it verified from the godaddy support team. They said that the ssl is installed fine. But my site doesn’t show the padlock on firefox and safari and sometimes it doesn’t even open.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Your browser may have cached the pre SSL address which could be the cause of your issue.

      Admin

  29. Perry says

    I did all this. Set up my SSL certificate, installed and activated Really Simple, fixed the mixed content errors (or tried to) with Better Search & Replace and SSL Insecure Content Fixer. However, most of my images are still broken or not loading. They don’t even appear in my media library. The console points to the same file causing the problem—but it’s a file that flat-out does not exist. I cannot find this file anywhere, yet somehow it’s the source of all my images being broken.

  30. Tony V says

    Hi guys, first of all, thanks for your great job sharing your knowledge with noobs like me :)

    I’ve just done all the SSL certificate stuff for the first time and got something that seems weird.On the browser that I’ve created the WordPress site and done everything, the website displays just fine . The connection appears to be fully secure and green. But when opening on any other browser or machine, it displays like rubbish. Also, here I get a “Your connection to this site is not fully secure”. When using the Inspect tool, I get 6 of those mixed content errors.

    Can you cast some light upon my ignorance, please? Thanks a lot!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may want to ensure you clear all caching for your site and it can take some time for the SSL to fully update

      Admin

  31. Peter says

    So.. According to #2 I changed the http to https:, so since than error 404 appears when I try to visit the site with http, if I try with https, than it tells me that this is not a secure site, and it gets blocked.
    I need a solution ASAP, please!!!!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It sounds like your SSL isn’t active for your site, you would likely want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure the certificate is active.

      Admin

  32. Alex says

    Are there ways to fix issues like these if you cannot access the WordPress dashboard? Very often, if there is an SSL issue, the web browser will not even let you access the login page. I would assume you should be able to manually replace links in the database without using a plugin.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For a starting point, we recommend reaching out to your hosting provider and they can normally help with some of the issues to allow you to log in to your site.

      Admin

  33. Candace says

    I have a web site that I installed Real Simple SSL and Better Search and Replace plugins. I activated both, and ran the Better Search and Replace tool. My problem is when I go to login I get the message (The page isn’t redirecting properly An error occurred during a connection)
    This is in the most recent version of Firefox and I cleared cookies and cache.
    I also tried this in Safari and it said that “Too many redirects occurred This might occur if you open a page that is redirected to open another page which then is redirecterd to open the original page.

    What should I change or search for to get the wp-admin login page to work properly?

  34. Williams says

    I changed my WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) from HTTP to HTTPS.

    I don’t have any SSL certificate and did not make any other change…i already made the mistake before i saw your article.

    Now i cant access my domain and my website is inaccessbile and showing ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR

    Please, what’s the solution?

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