Setting up Nginx(SSL) to reverse proxy to a wordpress site

I have Nginx with SSL installed on a digitalocean server and I want it to act as a reverse proxy to as wordpress site on different server. The wordpress install is not on a docker instance and does not have SSL also its hosted on port 8001. I am including an example of my config and what happens is the nginx url redirects to port 8001. So if I type to redirects to and gives me an ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR

server {
    listen 80;

        # when the SSL is generated enable these lines and replace the example domain with yours
    listen 443 ssl http2;

   ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
    include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; # managed by Certbot

        location / {
                proxy_set_header Host $host;
                proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
                proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $remote_addr;
                proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Server $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_pass http://wordpressurl:8001;

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July 5, 2022

Hi @pundip,

I think the issue is because you are using an SSL and sending it alongside your request.

Try configuring just as a test a reverse proxy only with port 80 and a proxy_pass to 8001 and see if that does the trick.

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