Explained all the Http to Https Redirects in website

Explained all the Http to Https Redirects in website

HTTP which stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol is the protocol that defines how the messages and data are transmitted over the World Wide Web (www) i.e. internet. When browsing the internet, a safe and secure connection is a must. To know all the Http to Https Redirect in Website, keep reading this article till the end.

By default, our website is in an HTTP connection which isn’t secure. For securing the network of our website, it’s always recommended to switch a website from Http to https. HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Security.

It can be done by simply installing an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. An SSL is a standard security protocol for establishing a secure connection between the server and the browser. SSL converts all links and connection URL’s from Http to https in a secure connection. SSL certificate enables HTTPS and ensures that the information from your computer to the website is encrypted between the two indicating your website is genuine and thus the user’s information will remain secure.

You might have seen Chrome explicitly labeling HTTP connections as “Not Secure”. This is to let the users know that the information is going over the internet unencrypted. Google considers https as a ranking signal to its search engine results. There are two primary reasons you should consider securing your website with an SSL certificate:

  • From the security point of view having an SSL gives some trust to the visitors of your website that your website is fully secured & doesn’t contain any malware.
  • From the SEO point of view, HTTPS helps improve your site’s overall ranking and performance.

Depending on the security requirement of your website, there are three types of SSL certificates:

  • Domain Validated: for small to medium scale business organization
  • Organization Validated: for large scale business organizations
  • Extended Validated: This too applies for the large scale business firms.

Network security is most essential these days which can be done by switching a website from Http to https. There are many ways to put this redirection. Some of them are as follows:

  1. HTTPS redirects for general websites:

To integrate https to websites in general, you have to replace all of the Http links with https. This task requires a Website code & Database.

  • Website code- Open the Notepad++& press Ctrl+F. Then go to the folder containing downloaded codes. Then type the domain name of your website with Http in Find What Now type your domain name in https in Replace with field and then finally click on Replace in Files button.
  • Database (DB): You need to export your website’s database and then find and change the entire link from Http to https. To do it more securely, create a new DB and import replaced DB from Http to https and set up your website linked with the new DB.
  1. Configure hosting with SSL Certificate:

Once your website is configured properly, you will no longer see the messages warning about invalid certificates while visiting HTTPS pages. You need to clear your cache completely to see the changes or you can even ask someone to visit an HTTPS page of your website.

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  1. Change all website links to HTTPS

If you are a user of the Content Management System (CMS), it will save some time of yours. Assuming that your SSL certificate is all set up, here’s the next step:

  • Start fixing any non-CMS generated links like links to pages, images, JavaScript or anything that your website will use.
  • Change the CMS generated links: If you are a WordPress user, you will need to change the website URL, add some code to force HTTPS in the admin area and install this plugin.

ForMagento users, you need to log in to the backend and go to

System -> Configuration -> Web -> Secure to verify the settings are correct.

  • Look for errors: Just to make sure that all your links & link files are changed to HTTPS, you need to visit your site in any browser, right-click an element, and click inspect element. From there you can find if there are any incorrect HTTP linked files.
  1. Set up 301 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS

For Apache-based websites, setting up a redirect for all HTTP requests to be HTTPS can be done easily. You need to add a code on the top of your .htaccess file in your root folder. Here is the code-

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond%{HTTPS} off

RewriteRule (.*) http://%{HTTP HOST}%{REQUEST URL} [R=301,L]

Test thoroughly that your website is still functional and that any request made to your website is redirected to an HTTPS URL.

Therefore it is recommended that you use a secured HTTPS for better performance of your website

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