Fix Missing Padlock for SSL Sites

Ever since Google announced that they would take into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in their search ranking algorithms, a lot of our clients have been moving towards making their sites use SSL. Most clients find out that after moving to a SSL site – that they get a warning saying that not all items on the site are loaded securely. No fear – figuring out how to fix that is easy!

Why is my SSL web page insecure?

In order to make the entire site load using SSL without warnings any references to assets (images, fonts, CSS, javascripts, etc) must all be served securely as well. There are a number of ways to find insecure items on your site but one of our favorites which our clients can easily use as well is: Why No Padlock?. By simply submitting your site or page URL – you can see what resources are loaded using SSL and which are not – making it easy to identify and fix the issue.

Screenshot of Why No Padlock?:

Follow directions to easily fix your insecure SSL warnings

Follow directions to easily fix your insecure SSL warnings

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to figure out a SSL issue – check out this free and easy to use site.

Upgrade Google Analytic Tracker Code

If you use Google Analytics on your web site, you should update your tracker code that is placed in your code. The new tracker is faster, and offers added tracking functionality (See Google’s announcement)

New Code: (put your tracker ID in where you see the X’s)



var pageTracker=_gat._getTracker('UA-XXXXXX-X');
pageTracker._initData();
pageTracker._trackPageview();

While you are updating your code, you might also want to consider moving this and any other javascript to the bottom of your web site for improved performance.