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  • Resolved ellowyn


    Good morning all,

    So I ended up screwing up everything I had worked for because we decided to change our website name by creating a new domain. Our host is, and the original domain is I JUST purchased a new domain Immediately I had a certificate issue with the new domain, so I went into wp-admin settings and changed the WordPress address and Site Address to the new domain, hoping it would fix it. But of course it didn’t.

    I’ve attempted disabling and re-enabling the ssl plugin but that didn’t help. And I’m getting the “Really Simple SSL has received no response from the webpage” error, and also the “The .htaccess redirect rules that were selected by this plugin failed in the test.” error.
    My hopeful end result is to not use the anymore, and solely use with SSL working. I did the SSL on myself and had it perfect, but this change isn’t being so nice. Any help would be appreciated.

    Here is my htaccess file since I’m sure it will be asked about.
    # BEGIN WordPress
    <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

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  ellowyn.

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  • Plugin Contributor Mark Wolters



    changing the WordPress address and site address isn’t enough to move a site to a new domain. For the domain to move entirely, the old url has to be replaced by the new url in the entire database. This can be done with a search and replace. There are a lot of different tools that can do this, for example This allows you to search the database for and replace it with That should get your site back up and running. We do recommend to create a backup before doing this.

    Alternatively, to quickly restore your site to the domain you can look up the ‘home’ and ‘siteurl’ entries in the wp_options table and replace them back to See The ‘home’ and ‘siteurl’ entries are the only two entries that have changed by updating the WordPress address and site address. Once restored, you could then create a backup and try the search and replace.

    Finally, when the site is running on you need to get a valid SSL certificate for that domain. Really Simple SSL is a tool to configure your site for SSL, the plugin is not an SSL certificate itself. We recommend to get an SSL certificate via your hosting provider.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.


    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Mark Wolters.
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    So it turns out nothing I did was wrong. I did a live chat with ipage, and they re-enabled ssl on their side, and fixed it immediately.

    Just going to leave this here in the event that someone else with ipage has my issue. Their customer service has always been awesome for me. Instantly connects to chat 24/7 and has never tried to put the problem back on me, as long as it’s actually not my fault.

    And thank you for the response Mark. You responded as I was making this!

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  ellowyn.
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