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Wordpress does not serve images through https

Hi there, I have a problem with my WP 1-Click Installation.

I followed this tutorial on how to secure Apache with Let’s Encrypt on Ubuntu, which was really helpful, to install an SSL certificate on my DO server.

Now I can access the website via https, but all wordpress media (newly uploaded images as well) are still served via http. This results in a “Not secure because of mixed Media” warning message in the browser.

Having searched through various forums, I cannot seem to find a fix for this besides using wordpress plugins, what doesn’t seem to be a proper fix to me though.

Also, since having installed the SSL certificate, the website loads really slowly. Well, actually the content (HTML, CSS, Images) seem to be loading very quickly, but although all elements are visible and the site is interactive, it loads for 15s+ more afterwards. Does this have something to do with the mixed media issue?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Best regards, Christian


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Hello, @cemu

You can use a plugin to do a search and replace in the database and update all the http references for the domain name and update them to be with https instead. You can make sure that the WP_HOME`` and SITE_URL``` are set to be with https as needed as sometimes this is the only bit that needs to be modified.

You can check out plugins like https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-search-replace/

As for the performance issue you can monitor the droplet’s resource usage and make sure it’s not a droplet/server wide issue rather than an issue with the website.

You can also check out our tutorial on How to Speed Up WordPress Asset Delivery Using DigitalOcean Spaces CDN

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

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Hey alexdo, thanks for your quick answer! Okay we will go with a plugin then I guess. Seems to be working fine so far, I just thought it may not be the ideal solution.

Regarding the performance issues it seems that the svg logo was causing the long post-loading times. Not sure why, as it worked fine on the local installation, but going with a png version fixed it.