Question

ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED from all browsers except Firefox on Android

Hi All, I am pulling my hair out!

http://134.209.20.183/ returns the test Apache page from all browsers

http://drhelenkelly.com/ is refused a connection from all browsers except Firefox on Android

The domain is registered with Wordpress and the nameservers are successfully updated to digitalocean. This was done 7 days ago and propogation has happened.

I have tried:

  • Pinging IP addresses and URLs from the droplet - all work
  • apachectl -t which gives no syntax problems
  • Various virtual host configurations because I initially had a subfolder in /var/www
  • DESTROYING AND REBUILDING the installation with no subfolder in /var/www
  • Deleting DNS records and recreating the A record
  • Disabling the UFW

Any help would be gratefully appreciated, Dave


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Bobby Iliev
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August 17, 2022
Accepted Answer

Hello,

If you access your site directly via HTTP it loads as expected. However sometimes Chrome and other browsers would redirect to HTTPS by default, and as you don’t have an SSL certificate you would get the connection refused error.

To fix that, you can install an SSL certificate by following the steps here:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-apache-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-20-04

That way your website will be accessible via HTTPS as well and you will not get the error.

Hope that this helps!

Best,

Bobby