In the author environment, clicking links to external sites
sometimes shows a blank or mostly blank page or does not load the
The UBCMS author environment is loaded securely with SSL (the
URL in the address bar will start with “https”).
Attempting to follow a link within the UBCMS interface to an
external site that is not loaded securely (i.e. its URL starts with
“http” not “https”) will usually be blocked
by the browsers. Modern browsers are becoming more strict about
showing only secure content when the URL in the address bar is a
secure URL. Browsers usually show an icon in the address bar to
alert the user that “mixed active content blocking” is
happening, but the icon is easy to overlook.
Authors can click the shield icon in their browser’s
address bar to disable mixed active content blocking and
should then be able to click through to external, insecure pages
within the secure UBCMS authoring tools.
No workaround is necessary for visitors to published sites.
Visitors will not experience this blocking because it only happens
when testing links within the author environment.