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Ghost blog with SSL on azure - the correct way

My blog is hosted on Azure Web Pages. A few months ago I decided to use SSL on it because I can get a free SSL certificate from “Let’s Encrypt” website.

Change URL in config

Simple change URL in config.js generates the following error:

Too many redirects 


As you probably know, Ghost is a node.js app. Azure IIS, in this case, is a reverse proxy server. It is working on localhost with http. Moreover, Ghost has the build-in check for SSL. But it doesn’t know anything about the reverse proxy. And it checks[process.env.PORT] instead of https://stapp.space in my case.

Bad fix

When first time I had above error. I found a simple fix: rewrite all URL in the web.config from http to https. And it was working like a charm. The rule was more or less like below:

       <rule name="ForceSSL" stopProcessing="true">
          <match url="(.*)" />
            <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="^OFF$" />
          <action type="Redirect" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" redirectType="Permanent" />

But this ends with bellow problems:

  • my web page generates all URLs starting with http. So almost every user click was redirected without a reason.
  • on RRS feed I had the same problem.
  • Firefox shows warnings on my page only because of above


On Google search, I found Tom SSL blog with an article about this problem. But he suggests changing a function inside Ghost. This function is function isSSLrequired(isAdmin). After applying this solution, on every Ghost upgrade, I will have to remember about above fix. No way.

Then, I found the second solution. But it applies only to NGIX and Apache: https://github.com/TryGhost/Ghost/issues/2796

And this gave me a clue.

Good fix

To add the X-Forwarded-Proto header in IIS configuration, I need one line in iisnode.yml:

enableXFF: true

The iisnode.yml file is side by side with web.config.

Now put correct URL in your config.js. Restart web page and it is working like a charm.

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