Unnecessary redirects for HTTPS

My recently configured droplets are exhibiting some unnecessary redirects and I cannot figure out why.

End result should

So I need to rewrite www requests and non-https requests to https without the www.

Currently the opposite is happening, and adding an extra redirect which is costing about an extra 1 second.

So (307) -> (301) -> (200)

My NGINX server blocks looks like this:

server { server_name; return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri; }

server { listen 443 ssl;

    ssl_certificate /path/to/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /path/to/privkey.pem;

    root /path/to/html;
    index index.php;


    #additional configurations


Some additional information:

  • SSL cert is for both non-www and www
  • A name pointing to IP, with WWW CNAME pointing to
  • Total of 3 sites with the same configuration. Only 1 redirects properly. Incidentally it’s also the only site not currently pointing to Cloudflare DNS. I suspect this might be the source of my issues.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is the last roadblock to sub-second load times.


@gerardkcohen Glad it was a simple solution :)

@ddulic Thanks for all your help. In the end, it was my Wordpress settings that had site and Wordpress url using www.

@gerardkcohen Cloudflare might be the problem, never used it my self and never had any problems with any website I made.

If you are using Chrome click the plain white paper next to your domain and see why your connection is not secure, you just might be loading non https elements on your website. Which ssl authority are you using? Cloudflares or Let’s Encrypt?

@ddulic Thank you for your response.

I tried both of your suggestions and in each case the redirect lands on and getting the “Your connection is not private” message.

I think I am going to try changing DNS from Cloudflare back to DigitalOcean, as the other site not using Cloudflare is working properly.

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server {
    #Redirecting to SSL site
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80 ipv6only=on;

    location / {
      return              301 https://$server_name$request_uri;

Try removing the additional under listen. If that doesn’t work and redirects don’t work from, add an additional block just for www.