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We're looking at changing a site from http to https.

There are some 3rd party sites that hotlink / link to reference images on our site (we have allowed them to do this) but there <img ref="#"> is to the http content.

Once we move our site to https will the will the linked images still work on their site ?

Their site is http.

  • Not that it is your problem, if the remote site is https and they try to load your images over http, they will not get a green padlock as there will be "mixed content" i.e. loading http content over a https connection – Steve Apr 14 '18 at 23:24
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You will find that:

  • HTTP websites DO NOT have issues with loading HTTPS resources
  • HTTPS websites DOES have issues with loading HTTP resources

Simply ensure you 301 redirect from:

  • FROM: http://www.example.com/image.jpg
  • TO: https://www.example.com/image.jpg

Summary

Sites that do not use SSL will have no issue with your images as long as you have the redirect as previously advised.

  • "Sites that do not use SSL will have no issue with your images as long as you have the redirect as previously advised." - The redirect will make no difference as to whether the third party site will be able to access the image(s) or not. – MrWhite Apr 15 '18 at 0:55
  • That's correct but you really don't want Google indexing pages or resources on different variations so a redirection is always advisable regardless if it will work without it. – Simon Hayter Apr 15 '18 at 11:02

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