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Configuring WordPress to work behind an Application Load Balancer (ALB) in AWS

Stanislav KhromovStanislav Khromov

When putting WordPress behind an ALB that has SSL configured it might result in a configuration where the ALB uses SSL but WordPress communicates with the ALB over regular HTTP.

This can cause WordPress to serve HTTP (non-ssl) CSS and JavaScript resources and/or fail in other ways.

The solution is to check the X-Forwarded-Proto header that ALB sets and let WordPress know whether it should treat the incoming request as an SSL request or not.

Put this code at the top of wp-config.php to do exactly that:

// Get true SSL status from AWS load balancer
if(isset($_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO']) && $_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO'] === 'https') {
  $_SERVER['HTTPS'] = '1';
}
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