How to force SSL with .htaccess

You can force an HTTPS connection on sites that run on a server that uses Apache, by adding these rules to the top of the .htaccess file:

If your server uses Nginx, add this to the top of the configuration file:
server {
       listen         80;
       return         301 https://$host$request_uri;

If you are using WordPress, you may want to use a plugin instead. These plugins can be found using your favorite search engine, An example plugin is Really Simple SSL.


If using WordPress, once you have the SSL redirection enabled, you will need to have a developer update the code if you are getting mixed content errors. You may also be able to use a plugin such as Velvet Blues to change all of your site URL’s in the database.