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  • Resolved zeeshanid

    (@zeeshanid)


    Hi,

    This is important.

    I just updated the Really Simple SSL plugin and now seeing this message on the Settings -> SSL plugin page.

    Message: ((WordPress 301 redirect enabled. We recommend to enable the .htaccess redirect option on your specific setup.))

    I want to get answers for:
    (1) What does this message mean?
    (2) What do I need to DO?

    Thanking you, looking forward for your answers.

    Bests,
    Zeeshan

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  • Plugin Author RogierLankhorst

    (@rogierlankhorst)

    Hi,

    We recommend to enable the .htaccess redirect, you can do this in settings/ssl/settings.

    You should have access to your .htaccess file through FTP, in case you need to remove it. This is also why it’s not enabled by default.

    If you’re not comfortable with this, you can dismiss it by clicking the “X”.

    For more info, see this article:
    https://really-simple-ssl.com/knowledge-base/recommended-htaccess-redirect-option/

    Hi @rogierlankhorst, what does enabling the .htaccess redirect actually do? What are the benefits? Thanks!

    Plugin Contributor Mark Wolters

    (@markwolters)

    Hi @lauratraveler

    the .htaccess redirect adds a redirect to https:// to your .htaccess file. The .htaccess file is a file that is used by Apache based webservers. Rules in this .htaccess file are ran before WordPress does anything. This results in (generally speaking) the fastest and most reliable redirect to https://. Also see https://really-simple-ssl.com/knowledge-base/recommended-htaccess-redirect-option/

    Hi,
    I too not fully understand this.
    Where can one enable the .htaccess redirect option? What is considered as a “specific setup”? 😉
    Thank you,
    Rico

    Plugin Contributor Mark Wolters

    (@markwolters)

    Hi Rico,

    the specific setup indicates that the plugin has detected an .htaccess file on your webserver, this allows the .htaccess redirect option to be activated. This option can be activated in the Settings->SSL->Settings tab and is called ‘301 .htaccess redirect’.

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for your answer!
    What do one gain by activating this option?
    Cheers,
    Rico

    Plugin Contributor Mark Wolters

    (@markwolters)

    The .htaccess redirect option is generally a bit faster than the WordPress 301 redirect, so you might experience a small improvement in redirect speed.

    So, activating this option in your plugin could provide a little faster redirection with no need to access ‘htaccess’ via FTP?

    Plugin Contributor Mark Wolters

    (@markwolters)

    That’s correct, the plugin will write the rules to your .htaccess file automatically after enabling the option.

    OK, thank you very much for your prompt help!

    Oh, one more thing. When 301 .htaccess redirect is activated – should we disable the wordpress 301 redirection or shall both be set to ON? What about Javascript redirection? Set to OFF as well if 301. htaccess is doing the job?

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Rico.
    Plugin Contributor Mark Wolters

    (@markwolters)

    You only need one redirect option enabled, so the 301 WordPress redirect can be disabled when the .htaccess one is enabled.

    Hi again, Mark.

    I’m having some troubles loading some pages.
    If i open my browser (Firefox) and type only the domain name (without www or http/https) there is no redirection to https.

    I did some testing and I believe enabling the “force HTTPS redirect” option in cPanel seems to help.
    This happens only in Firefox. Chrome is doing fine.

    Does that make any sense to you?

    I’m kind of confused since I believed your plugin covers it all. Funny thing is I have some other pages on the same server but I saw no issues with redirection.

    Thank you,
    R

    Plugin Contributor Mark Wolters

    (@markwolters)

    Hi,

    the .htaccess redirect should take care of this, there should be no difference in the redirect between the non-www and www domain. On the domain you have provided in your initial post there does seem to be a redirect to https:// for the non-www domain.

    Hi,

    Well, .htaccess redirect doesn’t solve this. Everytime I clear cache and restart the browser the redirect is not working.

    The only thing working is enabling “force HTTPS redirect” in cPanel.
    Does this seem logical?
    I can’t really understand why this is happening on some domains only.

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