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  • Mixed vBulletin Content Appearing Following Change from HTTP to HTTPS


    I'd like to get rid of the "unsecured" padlock modern browsers show when navigating to my site, so I requested my web host install an SSL certificate, which they've since done. vBulletin is the only content I have on my site, so I figured if I can change all the necessary links to HTTPS, that should take care of it. I found the instructions for converting a vB forum to https (changing the forum URL, confirming remote jQuery is set to Google and rebuilding the styles), and I've followed the instructions for version 4 (I'm running 4.2.5). When I navigate to my site using the https version, it shows a padlock with an exclamation point due to mixed content. Looking at the Firefox console, I have the following messages:

    "Loading mixed (insecure) display content .../favicon.ico" on a secure page
    "Loading mixed (insecure) display content .../forums/images/Logo_main.gif" on a secure page

    I realize the favorite icon is not a vB file, but the GIF is the logo shown on every vB page. How can I make the necessary adjustments so that my site shows as a secure site? Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Add the following to your .htaccess file:

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

    It will force https on all content.


    • Wayne Luke
      Wayne Luke commented
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      vBulletin 4 doesn't use an .htaccess file on a default install so many people won't know what this is.

  • #3
    Thanks for the quick response. I was actually able to get it working without messing with the .htacess file by modifying the hard coded URLs in the StyleVar section, and now all is well. Thanks again.


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