SSL, what is "allowed?

Posted on 2011-03-10
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I have a main domain, ex. domain.com
And a subdomain, ex. secure.domain.com

I plan to add SSL to secure.domain.com

The frontpage of the subdomain will use the same layout and styling as the main domain (domain.com) and I would like to use the same css files as the main domain. The rest of the subdomain will use a seperate/new layout, so thats no problem.

The problem is, someone told me that all files in include (images, css, files outside public_html etc... everything), needs to be placed within the subdomain (for SSL). Is this true? Do I have to copy all my css, images and other files from my main domain to my subdomain?
Question by:kgp43
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What I've done in the past is to place the secure scripts (php) in a folder under the host root. So the url would be https://www.mysite.com/secure/login.php. You can then make sure that when a script is run it's under the HTTPS:// url

This way the entire site can be viewed under the ssl.

This gets away from the warning messages when accessing files outside of the SSL domain.
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Brad Howe earned 2000 total points
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CSS, Images and other files should use a relative path in the first place like ..\file.gif or ..\..\image.png. With that said, Anything that is posted in a browser under https (is secure and encrypted).

Now, the domain you want to secure is secure.domain.com. Assuming you are creating a brand new virtual host setup in your httpd.conf and simply creating virtual paths to your css/images, it will be secure.

Remember it is the site that is secure and everything under it. If the virtual host is only listening on port 443, then everything under it - not matter where the content is stored, is secure and served under SSL.


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