Website not responding on http, only https working

Posted April 14, 2020 1.1k views

Hello, I am completely lost on what I am doing wrong and any help will be greatly appreciated. I currently host my website on a DigitalOcean droplet on a Google domain. I am running Ubuntu 18.04 and Apache/2.4.29. Currently, only and work. When I simply type in, it times out without properly forwarding it to the https version. I installed my SSL certs through Certbot when I created my droplet and I have the following certs set up:

My networking DNS records on DigitalOcean are set up as follows:
DigitalOcean DNS

My Google Domains DNS records are set up as follows:
Google DNS

I am utilizing the Really Simple SSL plugin on Wordpress, which DOES say SSL is enabled on my site and 301 redirect to https is set in the .htaccess file.
Really Simple SSL Settings

My .htaccess file contains the following code:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%/$1 [R=301,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\. [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://(my_domain_is_here).com/$1 [L,R=301]
# BEGIN rlrssslReallySimpleSSL rsssl_version[3.3.1]
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]
# END rlrssslReallySimpleSSL

<IfModule mod_headers.c>
Header always set Strict-Transport-Security: "max-age=31536000"
Header always set X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block"
Header always set X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff"
Header always set Referrer-Policy: "no-referrer-when-downgrade"
# BEGIN WordPress
# The directives (lines) between `BEGIN WordPress` and `END WordPress` are
# dynamically generated, and should only be modified via WordPress filters.
# Any changes to the directives between these markers will be overwritten.
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# END WordPress
# Wordfence WAF
<IfModule mod_php5.c>
    php_value auto_prepend_file '/var/www/html/wordfence-waf.php'
<IfModule mod_php7.c>
    php_value auto_prepend_file '/var/www/html/wordfence-waf.php'
<Files ".user.ini">
<IfModule mod_authz_core.c>
    Require all denied
<IfModule !mod_authz_core.c>
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
# END Wordfence WAF

My SSL Labs report contained the following results for my cert:
SSL Labs Results

What am I doing wrong? Any help will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much!
- Nick

edited by MattIPv4

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Hi there @nickplatt4,

Your DNS looks correct actually. The problem is most likely either your firewall or your Apache virtual host.

I could suggest a few things:

  • Make sure to open port 80 for incoming TCP connections

  • Check your website’s virtual host and make sure that you have a virtual host for port 80

You can find your Apache Vhosts at:


You can also check this by running this command here:

  • sudo apachectl -S

Feel free to share the current configuration here so that I could try to advise you further.