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I can't link to my Website via a HTML href.

I want to link to my website hosted on a droplet from another website. With the standard way of linking in HTML the connection gets declined by the server. Other links work fine, i.e. to linked in. Website is reachable and functioning as intended via a normal web Browser. Do I need to update some Setting with the Apache Server? Thanks in advance.


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Hi there,

In addition to what has been mentioned already, it sounds like that you might be linking your website via HTTPS, eg:

<a href="https://yourwebsite.com>Site</a>

However, if you don’t have an SSL certificate this will not work. What you could do is to install a free certificate using the steps here:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-apache-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-20-04

If this still does not work, feel free to share the HTML snippet in place that is not working and we could try to advise you further.

Best,

Bobby

Hi @rafaelpich,

Can you be a little more specific, do you need to redirect your whole website to another or just create a A href link so that when it clicks it opens another website?

Let’s assume it’s the first, in your .htaccess file you can add the following for this to work

  1. RewriteEngine on
  2. RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newdomain.com/ [R=301,L]

where newdomain.com will be the domain you want to redirect yours to.

If you want to use HTML to redirect when a link is clicked use the following

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="7; url='https://www.digitalocean.com'" />
  </head>
  <body>
    <p>Please follow <a href="https://www.digitalocean.com">this link</a>.</p>
  </body>
</html>