.htaccess,ssl,centos , .htaccess not redirecting web site to https


.htaccess not redirecting web site to https

Question:

Tag: .htaccess,ssl,centos

I am running Apache/2.2.15 on Centos 6.6 and am using a free certificate from StartCom. My home page file is /var/www/index.php so I create a file /var/www/.htaccess with the following content, as suggested here.

RewriteEngine On
# This will enable the Rewrite capabilities

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
# This checks to make sure the connection is not already HTTPS

RewriteRule ^/?(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R,L]
# This rule will redirect users from their original location, to the same location but using HTTPS.
# i.e.  http://www.example.com/foo/ to https://www.example.com/foo/
# The leading slash is made optional so that this will work either in httpd.conf
# or .htaccess context

However, entering

myWebSite.com

in the URL box brings up my site in http protocol. If I enter

https://myWebSite.com

instead, I get my site in https protocol. My goal is to get my site in https protocol by simply entering

myWebSite.com

and I cannot see why the .htaccess file is not effecting that.


Answer:

It doesn't appear that your .htaccess file is being read. So make sure you have AllowOverride All in your config.

Also for your rules, I wouldn't use SERVER_NAME, that isn't always set and sometimes is not correct. I would either use HTTP_HOST variable or your actual domain name. You also should specificy 301 for your redirect because without it 302 is default. You want this to be a permanent redirect.

RewriteEngine On
# This will enable the Rewrite capabilities
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !^on [OR]
# This checks to make sure the connection is not already HTTPS
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^/?(.*)$ https://example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

I also made it where it would remove the www since you don't show your are using it.


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