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Provide more security on your website.
Take advantage of the free SSL certificate that’s now available with your website on our Sydney Linux host.

WordPress websites:
To force all web traffic to use HTTPS:
In the Dashboard : Settings : General : URL : Change http to https.

Non WordPress websites:
In ordinary HTML websites, directing visitors to use HTTPS can be through an .htaccess file in your website’s main folder.

Insert the following lines of code in the .htaccess file.
If you have existing code in your .htacess, add this above where there are already rules with a similar starting prefix.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R,L]

Replace with your actual domain name.

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

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

Replace example\.com with the domain name you’re trying force to https. Replace with your actual domain name.

To force SSL only on a specific folder insert the code below into an .htaccess file placed in that specific folder:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} folder
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R,L]

Replace folder with the actual folder name.
Replace with your actual domain name and folder you want to force the SSL on.

What is SSL

Every internet user shares lots of personal information each day. We do that when shopping online, creating accounts, signing into different websites, etc.

If not properly encrypted, then this information can be spied upon and stolen. SSL provides encryption technology to secure the connection between a user’s browser and the web server.

Each site is issued a unique SSL certificate for identification purposes. If a server is pretending to be on HTTPS, and it’s certificate doesn’t match, then most modern browsers will warn the user from connecting to the site.

The HTTPS in front of the website’s URL and the padlock icon gives the visitor assurance that their information is secure.