Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


how to put an image on an SSL server

Posted on 2005-04-16
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
How do I put an image on an SSL server?

I am building a paypal donation page but since the header image isn't on an SSL server I keep getting the security pop-up window...

A bried explanation of what SSL server is and how I can but by image on it woudl be appreciated.
Question by:galneweinhaw
  • 2
LVL 33

Accepted Solution

humeniuk earned 1600 total points
ID: 13798721
Essentially, SSL (secure socket layer) is used to encrypt data sent between a server and a browser.  Therefore, if any data is intercepted it will be encrypted and of no use to the interceptor.  To use SSL, a digital certificate is installed on the server for use with a specific website.  Digital certificates are signed by a Certificate Authority (ie. Verisign or Thawte) which acts to ensure the validity of the certificate.

With SSL, you can protect an entire website or just specific parts of it, ie. directories or even pages.  You access unprotected pages using http://domain.com and protected pages using https://domain.com.  However, if you you visit a protected page that uses elements (ie. a header) that are not in a protected directory, you will see the error message that you mention, which is intended to alert the user that some element of the page is not encrypted/secure.

To correct this, you have to make sure that the directory where the header file is located (and any other page elements, like graphics) is protected by SSL.

Author Comment

ID: 13798753
Thank you for the explanation, could you help me get started to:

"make sure that the directory where the header file is located (and any other page elements, like graphics) is protected by SSL"?

Thanks alot
LVL 33

Expert Comment

ID: 13798817
Is this your own server or is it hosted with a hosting company?  Is it Windows/IIS or Linux/Apache?

Assisted Solution

prsupriya earned 400 total points
ID: 13799594

If your OS is Windows then the source of the image should be a relative path not prefixed by http://www.domainname/images/....

The reason for getting the security popup window might be bacause the image is being called via a non secure connection i.e. (http:), by providing a relative path i.e (/images/imagename.gif) the data will be served in the same port as that of the page.


There will be a folder called https and you need to have the same structure and data as of the http site.

Hope this helps.

Featured Post

[Webinar] Cloud and Mobile-First Strategy

Maybe you’ve fully adopted the cloud since the beginning. Or maybe you started with on-prem resources but are pursuing a “cloud and mobile first” strategy. Getting to that end state has its challenges. Discover how to build out a 100% cloud and mobile IT strategy in this webinar.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The first step to building an amazing About page is to figure out what you want the page to say about your company. You then must grab the attention of the reader, boast a bit, tell a story and let others brag about you. With a little bit of thought…
Ranking ecommerce websites is a vital process. You need to have a strong SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategy. If you don’t have one, you are losing out on brand impressions, clicks and sales. Check this guide on how to improve website traffic …
In this tutorial viewers will learn how to style transparent/translucent elements using alpha transparency in CSS Start with a normal styled element, such as a div.: Define its "background-color" property as "rgba (255, 255, 255, .5): The numbers in…
In this tutorial viewers will learn how to embed Flash content in a webpage using HTML5. Ensure your DOCTYPE declaration is set to HTML5: "<!DOCTYPE html>": Use the <object> tag to embed Flash content.: To specify that the object is Flash content, d…
Suggested Courses

810 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question