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Redirect my WordPress website to HTTPS in cPanel hosting after my SSL certificate is installed

If you have a secure certificate (SSL) on your WordPress website, you can automatically redirect visitors to the secured (HTTPS) version of your website to make sure their information is protected.

Note: Several plug-ins are available for WordPress that can redirect your URL automatically after you have installed your SSL certificate. For help with WordPress plugins, see wp.org

Warning: These instructions do not apply to SSLs installed on Managed WordPress. The HTTPS redirect is automatically enabled after the SSL certificate install finishes on a Managed WordPress account.

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin panel.
  2. Click Settings and then General.
  3. Change your WordPress URL and Site URL from http://coolexample.com to https://coolexample.com(you will need to substitute your domain name for coolexample.com) and click Save Changes.
  4. Create a .htaccess file in your webroot or public_html folder.
  5. Insert the code listed below into your .htaccess file and save the file.
# BEGIN GD-SSL<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>Options +FollowSymLinksRewriteEngine OnRewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=onRewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^(.+)$RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} ^coolexample\.com$ [OR]RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} ^www\.coolexample\.com$RewriteRule .* https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]Header add Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=300"</IfModule># END GD-SSL# BEGIN WordPress<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>RewriteEngine OnRewriteBase /RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-fRewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-dRewriteRule . /index.php [L]</IfModule># END WordPress

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