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I’m getting the warning, “Your connection is not private”

I’m getting the warning, “Your connection is not private”

If your live site has an SSL certificate installed and is using HTTPS links (in other words: if your site has the well-known green padlock showing that it’s secure), there’s a strong possibility that the Staging site may have broken links, or may even seem entirely inaccessible because of browser warnings:
While this caution may appear highly suspicious, it’s actually nothing to worry about! Staging subdomains aren’t covered by the live site’s SSL certificate, so this warning is completely expected.

Although it may seem like the Staging site needs all of its links changed to plain HTTP, there’s actually much simpler way around the problem!

To get around that eerie warning and load the Staging site, just click through. Don’t worry; it’s safe to do so.

 

1. Visit the Staging site over HTTPS

If you’re already seeing a warning screen in your browser skip this step.

If you’re only seeing broken links on the Staging site, you probably merely need to load the site over HTTPS. To do so just visit the Staging link but add https:// in front of “staging”.

2. If prompted, re-enter the site’s Privacy Mode credentials

These can be found in the Staging tab of the site’s dashboard.

3. Click ‘Advanced’ (for Chrome and Firefox), or ‘Show details’(for Safari)

4. Click ‘proceed anyway’ (in Chrome), ‘Add exception’ (in Firefox), or ‘Visit this website’ (in Safari)

5. Then if needed, select ‘Confirm Security Exception’ in the popup window

 

That’s it! Now you can load your Staging site over HTTPS without broken links, and there’s no need to switch links.

Brook

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