How to exclude HTTP. Only need HTTPS.

  • Posted October 1, 2014

I have a website that is controlled by speech-recognition software. The user does not control the website. This website needs to be HTTPS only! I followed this document to set up the HTTPS: How To Set Up Apache with a Free Signed SSL Certificate on a VPS.

I got it to work but now I want to remove HTTP.

I assume I have to do the following:

  1. nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default and remove <VirtualHost *:80>

  2. sudo ufw deny http

I want to be able to use “” or “” and have it resolve to “https://…”

Is there anything else I need to do to make this happen? Thanks



you can just use an .htaccess file in your sites root directory and paste this into it:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
#redirect www to website root
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

#force https 
RewriteEngine On 
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

if you do not already, you would need mod_rewrite enable in order to use this.

My apologies for not indicating that I am using Ubuntu 12.04. The reference to the doc How to set up HTTPS in Apache web Server on CentOS was helpful in that it helped me to understand what I needed to do additional research on. I found this document How To Create Temporary and Permanent Redirects with Apache and Nginx. It lead me to additional information which helped to resolve the problem. Thanks.

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