SSL Connection Error to access backend Administration panel

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I've been managing a site using the CMS, Joomla. We have been using the site with no problems until this weekend. When I tried logging into the backend administration panel to write a new article, upon submitting my login details I received a SSL Connection Error (ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR). For some reason, now when I try logging in, the backend pages are https, thus triggering the SSL connection error.

I've dug into several forms that talk about this issue, and the common "solution" recommends logging into the site FTP, accessing the configuration file, and then manually switching the var $force_ssl = '0'; to 1 or 2, saving/uploading it to the FTP, then switching it back to var $force_ssl = '0'; which will not force the SSL on the backend. Here is a link to that forum:

However, after I've attempted this, I am still running into the SSL error for the backend administration pages. All public pages are displaying correctly. Any thoughts/recommendations to solve this would be very much appreciated.

Hello Cyclingsoul, Thank you for your question. I took a look at your configuration.php file and it is indeed set correctly. If you have not done so, be sure to clear the browser cache as well and try once more. I am unable to go through your particular database to see if there are any references to https or ssl flags. I would need more individual information from you to carry on further. You may send the access information to [email protected] (cpanel password, joomla admin user and password). As this email address is not monitored for incoming emails, please respond here if/when you send that information. I will be happy to check the database rows and test it if I find anything that may be forcing this SSL connection on your back end. Kindest Regards, Scott M