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Does anyone have info on setting up 3.8.9 for SSL on https: secure pages?

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  • Does anyone have info on setting up 3.8.9 for SSL on https: secure pages?

    As it says in the Title, Does anyone have info on setting up 3.8.9 for SSL on https: secure pages? I've tried searching here for SSL or https or .htaccess and absolutely nothing comes up. Is anyone running a secure forum at all?

  • #2
    Hello

    There isn't really much to it.

    You need to have the certificate installed on your server.
    Then you need to change the URL setting in the vBulletin AdminCP to reflect https rather than http.
    Then you need to arrange redirect of http to https.

    The redirect part - sometimes you can just ask your hosts and they will do it. Sometimes there's an option in your server control panel. Or you can do it in .htaccess:

    Code:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
    RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R,L]
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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply.

      I've seen a couple of those rewrites out of Google: Not certain which way is best.

      Code:
      Smokstak.com root:
      
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
      RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
      
      Enginads.com root:
      
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^enginads\.com [NC]
      RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
      RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.enginads.com/$1 [L,R=301]
      https://www.enginads.com/ is our classified Ad site, https://www.smokstak.com/ is our forum. They both share the vBulletin user registration.
      (Threads: 148,280, Posts: 1,251,988, Members: 88,041)

      The certificate is in and checked. I have the green padlock on my admin and moderator panels. All the vBulletin control panel options links have been set to https: Still have a "Mixed Content" yellow padlock on the board.

      One could say that the newer web browsers are pretty darned fussy! Even my Avast virus system gets in on the web browser act. I'm testing on IE11 and Firefox49.
      Last edited by oldengine; Sat 1st Oct '16, 7:02am.

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      • #4
        A major step forward!

        Admin/Post Icons and smilies were all hard coded to http: adding the s got me the green padlock on one board.

        Using: images/similies/smile.gif is even better. Damned hard coding anyway!

        The hunt goes on!
        Last edited by oldengine; Sat 1st Oct '16, 8:15am.

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        • #5
          One final BUG remaining...

          The thumbnails in the Album have an image location of: http:

          Where is this http: URL being generated from? I have changed all ACP/Options settings from http to https.

          I have changed any http: links in the styles, templates and CSS to https: Everything is working EXCEPT:

          When a user copies an Album photo to a Social Group, it brings the photo thumbnail over as http: not https:

          If clicked, the link is changed to https: by the .htaccess redirect, but that alone does not get the green padlock on the pages.

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