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Tech Tips for Writers #179–Quick Fix for a Broken Link

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

This tip is about visiting a website that gives you an error code similar to this:


You probably think the site isn’t working, but a lot of times, it’s a different easily solved problem that takes no time to do.

Look at the URL address (at the top of the webpage):

If it has https (like this one does), it could mean the website hasn’t been changed from http to https so it doesn’t recognize the address. All you have to do is delete the ‘s’ in the URL to make the site work:

I blurred everything out for privacy, but I think you can see I changed the https to http. The site immediately opened. Interestingly, that works over half the time.

If your site has that problem, check with your host and upgrade to https security protocol. Often, that’s free.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022


74 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #179–Quick Fix for a Broken Link

  1. Thank you, Jacqui! It happened quite a few times. I’ll do it when it happens again. But, I was told the link without ‘s’ isn’t a safe website, especially involved in entering personal information or paying for a purchase. What do you think?

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  2. Jacqui: I am trying to re-design / re-build my website which I currently have running on wordpress dot com. Are there forums or other resources I can contact to get some help for my redesign? I have a plan (ppt outline) of what I think I want but am not sure how to go about creating this new “look”. Thank you, in advance, for any help or advice you can provide.

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    • has become very limited in their design offerings. This is I’m using is an old one which had a lot more flexibility. If you’re serious about your business, you might consider Blogger or a professional.

      Best of luck!


  3. Hi Jacqui – there’s usually a way round – but with this extra advice, this will definitely ease people’s life. If I can’t do it – I must move on! Cheers Hilary

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  4. Good advice about the https: With Godaddy it’s not free and to keep up with the times I had to find a source because I couldn’t afford it through them. I found this guy who generates a free SSL certificate that you have to renew every 90 days but he also provides a link to an SSL provider that is inexpensive to use for a year at a time. Tips With Punch is the site:
    My caveat is that I needed it because I self-host but I don’t have any idea about how other provider situations work.

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  5. Oh, my gosh. You have so many time-saving tips that I knew nothing about, Jacqui.

    In an unrelated question, do you know a trick around this problem? My local newspaper just wrote an article about me reading to seniors in assisted living. I copied the link and put it on my Facebook page, but it’s behind a paywall. I don’t expect people to sign up for the newspaper just to read the article. Any tricks to get around this?

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    • Search the title and see if it’s been released to a non-paywall location. I find a lot of articles that way. But, if the newspaper wants to be paid, that’s probably fine. You can simply release the link and let people sign up for the paper.

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  6. These days you should always use a https connection. http has so many security holes that in general it’s not worth connecting to those sites. Most wordpress and other blog providers should be using https by default – if they aren’t, find another provider who knows how the internet works … not that I have any strong opinions on the subject.

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    • Hehee. You may be right. I do feel for the smaller websites who are run by folks who don’t quite understand all this gobblydegook. For a while, I collected all the crazy ‘must fixes’ I got from my internet hosts of stuff I just had to fix. It’s crazy!

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  7. Great tip for HTTP sites, Jacqui. Recently, I learned something that makes me cautious when I come across sites still using HTTP.

    HTTP sends data across the web in plain text. In contrast, HTTPS adds a layer of encryption to your data (SSL or TLS). That means if you access a site using HTTP and enter data into a form, sensitive information can be seen by hackers.

    Thus, I no longer enter email addresses, passwords, or credit card information on HTTP sites.

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