I used a migration/backup plugin to grab the files from a secured site to my mock up site that is not secured. Since I'm not using it for anything other than adding some functionality to it - no members, no sales of products, I didn't think of any trouble going from https to http but now I get the old

SSL connection error ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR message.

All the files are on the site.

What files do I need to edit so I can see the site?


  • What migration/backup plugin did you use? Have you made sure there are no SSL flags in your wp-config.php? And that you have set siteurl and home in your options table to the non-ssl URL (or define them in your config, which override the database). Oct 28, 2015 at 15:37
  • Used wp migrate d but didn't think of the certificate issue until after I'd made the migration. When I checked the wp-config file the only mentions of https were api wordpress to get new salts and then wordpress codex. Nothing else. I can't get in to the backend to check the settings since I'm getting the error. Is there another way to sneak in?
    – Torque2
    Oct 29, 2015 at 17:46

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Since you cannot get access to the website due to a HTTP/HTTPS conflict, you need to ensures that all of the URLs for your website are up-to-date, try the following steps using the Search Replace DB tool:

  1. Go and download Interconnect IT's Database Search & Replace Script here
  2. Unzip the file and drop the folder in your localhost where your WordPress is installed (the root) and rename the folder to replace (screenshot)
  3. Navigate to the new folder you created in your browser (ex: http://example.com/replace) and you will see the search/replace tool
  4. It should be pretty self-explanatory up to this point: enter your old URL in the search for… field and the new URL in the replace with… field

You can click the dry run button under actions to see what it will be replacing before you execute the script. Once you're done be sure to remove the /replace/ folder.

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