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How To Force SSL

This article is for cPanel Accounts. Determine where your account is with this guide.

You can force your website to be accessed securely (i.e., require https://) by creating an .htaccess file in the appropriate location (e.g., create this as public_html/.htaccess) including the following mod_rewrite rules:

If you have your own SSL certificate.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

Important note: must match the domain name on your SSL certificate exactly. If your SSL certificate was issued to, for example, then you will need to use in the RewriteRule. If you have a wildcard SSL certificate, you may use %{SERVER_NAME} in the RewriteRule in place of the domain name.

If you are using WestHost's Shared SSL:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Host} !^YourServerName$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://YourServerName/~YourcPanelUser/$1 [R=301,L]

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