force_ssl_admin( string|bool $force = null )

Whether to force SSL used for the Administration Screens.

Parameters Parameters


(string|bool) (Optional) Whether to force SSL in admin screens.

Default value: null

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Return Return

(bool) True if forced, false if not forced.

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Determine whether the administration panel should be viewed over SSL. This function relies on the FORCE_SSL_ADMIN constant that is set in the wp-config.php file if you’re using your site over SSL.

The force parameter will change the return value of this function until it is reset.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/functions.php

function force_ssl_admin( $force = null ) {
	static $forced = false;

	if ( ! is_null( $force ) ) {
		$old_forced = $forced;
		$forced     = $force;
		return $old_forced;

	return $forced;

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Version Description
2.6.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Codex

    Changing the Return Value

    if ( force_ssl_admin() ) {
      echo 'Administration should be performed over SSL';
    } else {
      echo 'This code will never execute';
    if ( force_ssl_admin() ) {
      echo 'This code will never execute';
    } else {
      echo 'Administration should NOT be performed over SSL';

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