Tag Archives: Nginx

Add Charset to css and js files

I noticed that my css and js files were being served without the charset in the content type…

content-type: text/css;

It should be (source)…

content-type: text/css; charset=utf-8

To resolve, login to Plesk and navigate to your domain, and click Apache & nginx Settings, scroll down to Additional nginx directives and add…

charset UTF-8;
charset_types text/plain text/css text/xml application/json application/manifest+json application/javascript application/rss+xml;

as you can see, you can just list the file types as you would for gzip_types.

Secure Redirects in Plesk

More and more sites are only available via https, now with the Let’s Encrypt extension available in Plesk 12.5 it’s even easier to make your site secure. As such I thought it would be a good time to write this guide.

This guide assumes…

    • You have already setup your SSL Certificate in Plesk for your domain,
    • You are using Apache (FastCGI or FPM) and Nginx is serving static files,
    • You want your site to be https only, redirecting all http requests to https
    • You have set preferred domain in Plesk to www.domain.tld


I’ll start with Apache, browse to your domain in Plesk and click on Additional Apache & Nginx settings. under Additional directives for HTTP use this redirect..

And Additional directives for HTTPS…

If you use Plesk’s built in SEO Safe redirect (preferred domain) from domain.tld to www.domain.tld, you will need to turn this off and add the following in the Additional HTTPS directives…


Now onto the Nginx directives…

Notice I’m using $scheme rather than the more common $host, as using the $host rewrite affected ssllabs scores in that domain.tld and www.domain.tld would score differently after adding HPKP and HSTS headers in Apache.

I hope that helps someone.

Updated to reflect changes at: https://hstspreload.org/

Add DHParam to Plesk Panel

You can fix Logjam for the Plesk Panel by simply adding the standard Nginx dhparam directive to the plesk.conf file.
Very similar to previous posts on adding OCSP and HSTS to Plesk.

First you will need to create your dhparam, you can follow my guide Creating DH Parameters, and then locate the file and edit with your favourite editor…

And add the Nginx ssl_dhparam directive above the certificate entries like so…

Save the file and restart the Plesk server…

And you are good to go.
I hope that helps someone.