Mixed Content in GeorgiaVIEW

When you put links to external content, and particularly, when you try to embed content inside GeorgiaVIEW, you need to pay attention to how you do it. It is not a design flaw with GeorgiaVIEW, the issue is that all browsers block content that comes from non-secure sites. See below for more explanation about why this happens if you are interested.

Ensuring your links work

When a link is added, there is nothing that tells you whether or not the content is displaying.

A topic link

When you click on the content link, it will either open the link in a new window or open a page in content, depending on your settings. If the content opens, then you are set. If it opens the page in content, you and your students may see a blank page like this:

A blank content page
If you do see a blank page, and you are sure the URL is correct, click the Edit Link button at the bottom of the page.

Click the open in new window option

Click the box Open in New Window.
After you have checked the box, click Update. The link should now open in a new window from Content when clicked on directly.


Advanced feature

If you can determine that the link you wish to share is from a secure server, you can add the secure link (beginning with https instead of http) embedded as a content item.

Note, the difference: https instead of http.

Note: Not every website is hosted on a secure server. You cannot just add https to any website link, but this does work for YouTube and some other sites.

So if you add a link to a YouTube video, you can add an s to “http” like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q0NlWcTq1Y instead of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q0NlWcTq1Y

Now the video is displayed within the Content:

A page with content displaying

Why is this an issue?

Browsers block “mixed content” on web pages for users’ protection. So when you visit a secure page such as your bank account, or a GeorgiaVIEW page, the browser warns you if there is content on the page coming from a non-secure source in order to protect you. The content from the non-secure source could subject you to malicious activity. So to protect you, the browser blocks the content and otherwise warns users about it. See our student help page about working around this in different browsers

Our issue arises when you place content from some external website on a GeorgiaVIEW page. So when you embed a video from some external source, for example, it may not be a secure server, and the browser will block the content. As this document explains, you can avoid this issue with the steps described.


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