How to redirect HTTP to HTTPS Using .htaccess

You can force an HTTPS connection on your website by adding these rules in your website’s .htaccess file:

  1. Login to cPanel
  2. Files > File Manager > Document Root for:
  3. Now select the domain name you want to access
  4. Check “Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)”
  5. Click “Go”
  6. After a new tab or window opens, look for the .htaccess file.
  7. Right click on the .htaccess file and click on “Code Edit” on the menu.
  8. A dialogue box may pop up asking about encoding. Click “Edit” button to continue.
  9. Edit the file
  10. “Save Changes” when done.
  11. Test your website to make sure it is done correctly. In case, there is an error, restore to the previous version and try again.
  12. Once you are done, click “Close” to close the window.
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R,L]

The .htaccess file needs to be located inside the site’s document root folder. If your website is in a sub folder, then the .htaccess should be placed in the corresponding sub folder. You can create or edit the .htaccess file either via FTP, or using with the File Manager available in cPanel.

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