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How do I force SSL on my Nginx server?

My server is all set up for the most part, except one thing. The only thing I still have to do is add SSL to it so that I can make it more secure.

I used the Vesta control panel to generate my CSR key, which I then linked to my SSL that I got from namecheap. I did the email confirmation and all that, and it says my website has SSL support according to the vesta cp. However, when I go to www.mywebsite.com, it says my website connection is not secure. For reference, after I installed and activated the SSL, I was told to follow this guide: www.vestacp.com/docs/#how-to-force-https.

I followed step 1, which was to install a custom nginx template. I then inputted these commands:

cd /usr/local/vesta/data/templates/web wget http://c.vestacp.com/0.9.8/rhel/force-https/nginx.tar.gz tar -xzvf nginx.tar.gz rm -f nginx.tar.gz

The steps after I inputted those commands are listed as so:

  1. Create new package or set force-https as nginx template in the existing package
  2. Add new user and assing him package with force-https template
  3. Add new domain with SSL certificate and check the result

I have no idea how to do this. I know how to edit my conf. files by using sudo nano and all that, so I am not a total noob when it comes to CLI.

Any help would be appreciated, this is the last building block that I have to overcome before I can put my website into work. After I did the rm -f nginx.tar.gz command, I have no idea what to do next. Any help would be appreciated.

For reference for what to install the SSL keys, I followed this: https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/9681//installing-a-ssl-certificate-in-vesta-cp.


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Hello,

Here’s a step by step instructions guide on how to install an SSL on Nginx:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-an-ssl-certificate-from-a-commercial-certificate-authority

Then once you have your SSL installed, you could adjust your port 80 server block and add the HTTPS redirect there:

server {
    listen      80;
    server_name yourdomain.com www.yourdomain.com;
    return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;
}

This would basically force your http traffic to https.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby