Do you need to resolve the mixed content error in WordPress? This is one of the many common WordPress errors you will encounter while on the platform. The mixed content error is caused by an HTTPS or SSL setting that was set up incorrectly. If you recently made any changes to either of these settings or installed a new plugin, you know where to look first.
This error will have little to no effect on your website’s performance but will have negative effects on your website’s SEO. SEO is very critical to your website’s success because it determines the amount of traffic you will receive from search engines. Today, I will demonstrate how to resolve the mixed content error in WordPress using the SSL Insecure Content Fixer plugin.
What Does an SSL Certificate Do?
Next, to your website’s URL, you should see a box that contains the word «Secure» like this:
This means all of the content on your website is secure, but that’s not the only symbol you can see. You can also see an info symbol in place of the word secure:
This symbol means that you do have an SSL certificate, but some of the content on your website is not using an HTTPS URL. It is definitely in your website’s best interest to make sure your website says secure.
Why Do You Need an SSL Certificate on Your Website?
Adding an SSL certificate has many benefits and those benefits will be almost mandatory after July 2018. That is because Google Chrome, the most used web browser in the world, will start marking all websites that do not have an SSL certificate as insecure. This will lower your website’s SEO drastically and you do not want this to happen.
There are multiple ways to add an SSL certificate in WordPress and one of the best ways is directly through your web host. Many web hosts will include SSL certification for free or a very small cost. It is also extremely easy to do, but you can potentially run into this mixed content error if you do.
How to Resolve the Mixed Content Error in WordPress
Today, I will demonstrate how to resolve the mixed content error in WordPress using the SSL Insecure Content Fixer plugin. You can certainly try to find what setting is causing a problem on your website, but with how important SSL certificates are becoming, it’s best not to take any risks. This plugin will be able to fix your website’s problem in minutes and it’s extremely easy to do.
Installing SSL Insecure Content Fixer
Start by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left-hand admin panel.
Search for SSL Insecure Content Fixer in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.
Scroll down until you find the SSL Insecure Content Fixer plugin and click on the «Install Now» button and activate the plugin for use.
On the left-hand admin panel click on Settings and select the SSL Insecure Content option. This will pull up the main settings page.
Using the SSL Insecure Content Fixer Plugin
This plugin is very easy to use. In fact, you may already notice that the error on your website is fixed. Once the plugin is activated, the default options will work for most websites, but if not, don’t worry, the plugin has multiple options to try. There are five options to choose from. They include Simple, Content, Widgets, Capture, and Capture All. Think of them as hierarchy system. Each option includes more features than the previous one. The order from weakest to strongest is as follows:
- Capture All
To make it very simple to understand let’s explain how the system works. Simple is the default option, it will have the least impact on your website and is the fastest method. Now, if having this active did not solve the problem, select the next option, Content. This option includes everything that was included with Simple plus page content and text widgets. This trend continues down the list. Each option following another option includes everything the previous one did plus a little bit more.
The settings page is very clear on listing which each one does. Simply select the next option and click the «Save Changes» button. Check to see if the error is fixed. If not, select the next option and check again. One of the options should be enough to fix your website’s error, but if not, you may have a deeper problem and if that’s the case, you should consider removing the SSL on your website and reinstalling it.
Congratulations, you have successfully fixed the mixed content error in WordPress.
Stay Up to Date
SSL is nothing new, but it has always helped your website’s SEO. With the changes Google is making to Google Chrome, it has become even more crucial to all websites. Chrome is the most used web browser on both computers and mobile devices. Odds are a lot of your traffic comes from this browser and being labeled insecure by Google can drastically lower your search rankings. That is something you absolutely need to avoid.
Which option resolved the mixed content error on your website? How did you install the SSL certificate on your website?
Author: Ron Helms
I currently work for GreenGeeks as a Support Technician. My primary roles are supporting our VPS and Dedicated server clients, as well as performing site migrations. With experience in the web hosting industry since 2009, there is rarely a question I can’t help answer. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming and working on cars as an automotive enthusiast.