Since the update to 3.4.1. I have problems with SSL redirection. The base url of images en css is not redirected to https so the pages won't load anymore. I can't find anything about this on google.

Does someone know how to fix this?


2 Answers 2


Here's a couple of things you can try:

  • Check the $live_site variable in your configuration.php file to see if it has a reference to an non-https url.

  • Check if your .htaccess file has some custom rewrite rules that covers CSS files and images.

  • Look at the source code of your live site and see how the URL is generated.

If you want to develop your own plugin, you should take a look at the following site: https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Creating_a_Plugin_for_Joomla

  • Thank you!! :-) $live_site had a http:// but.... we didn't have problems with the site earlier. I think it happend after updating to 3.4.1. When $live_site is set to https is that not a problem for the pages that do not use ssl? And shouldn't Joomla change the base utl itself when a page has to be loaded in https?
    – Petra
    May 4, 2015 at 13:51

I had a similar problem some time ago. My problem was that some of the files were referenced using an absolute URL in the source code (beginning with http://. If that's the case with your site, the solution is to replace http:// with simply //. I ended up doing it manually, but David Fritsch suggested a small plugin to take care of this:

public function onAfterRender() {
    $buffer = JFactory::getApplication()->getBody();
    $pattern = '~<[^>]*["\']\Khttps?://~i';
    $replacement = '//';
    $buffer = preg_replace($pattern, $replacement, $buffer);
  • I read this post, but I don't know how to make a plugin for this? And there is no http:// in my template, it's all with the code : '<?php echo $this->baseurl ?>/templates/<?php echo $this->template; ?>', images files are on the server and placed with JCE.
    – Petra
    May 1, 2015 at 9:06

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