Image URLs, SSL and eBay
Since I enabled SSL for my site, I get this "Error: ExternalPictureURL server not available (21916543)" and my images are not uploaded anymore. How can I fix this?
You probably have SSL enabled for your whole site and you automatically redirect all non-SSL traffic to the SSL version. (ie.
http:// is automatically redirected to
https:// by your server).
While this generally works with all browsers, eBay isn’t able to process image URLs starting with https://. They require the image to be available without SSL, which is why WP-Lister replaces "https" with "http" itself, but this can’t work if your server refuses to deliver the image without SSL and always redirects to the SSL version.
You should contact your hosting provider – or the person who set up SSL on your site – and tell them to exclude static URLs (like .jpg images) from the forced redirect. While forcing SSL for all dynamic content like pages does make sense, static content like images should be accessible with SSL and without SSL alike – it’s generally considered best practice.