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Before proceeding, please make sure your site has https enabled.

# Forcing HTTPS with .htaccess

NOTE: For WordPress sites, consider a SSL plugin such as Really Simple SSL instead.

Redirect All Web Traffic

To force all web traffic to use HTTPS, insert the following lines of code in the .htaccess file in your website’s root folder.

NOTE: If you have existing code in your .htaccess, add this above where there are already rules with a similar starting prefix.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/[0-9]+\..+\.cpaneldcv$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/\.well-known/pki-validation/[A-F0-9]{32}\.txt(?:\ Comodo\ DCV)?$
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]


Redirect Only Specified Domain

To force a specific domain to use HTTPS, use the following lines of code in the .htaccess file in your website’s root folder:

NOTE: If you have existing code in your .htaccess, add this above where there are already rules with a similar starting prefix.

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/[0-9]+\..+\.cpaneldcv$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/\.well-known/pki-validation/[A-F0-9]{32}\.txt(?:\ Comodo\ DCV)?$
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]


If this doesn’t work, try removing the first two lines.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]


Make sure to replace example.com with the domain name you’re trying force to https. Additionally, you need to replace www.example.com with your actual domain name.

Redirect Specified Folder
If you want to force SSL on a specific folder, insert the code below into a .htaccess file placed in that specific folder:

NOTE: If you have existing code in your .htaccess, add this above where there are already rules with a similar starting prefix.

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/[0-9]+\..+\.cpaneldcv$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/\.well-known/pki-validation/[A-F0-9]{32}\.txt(?:\ Comodo\ DCV)?$
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} folder
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/folder/$1 [R=301,L]


Make sure you change the folder reference to the actual folder name. Then be sure to replace www.example.com/folder with your actual domain name and folder you want to force the SSL on.
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