I currently have a .htaccess file with the current lines to force HTTPS:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

My main domain is example.com I have a registered an alias in my cPanel: example.net

I would like to implement a rule so that if a user visits example.com, they will be redirected to https://example.net.

I've tried a few things and kept getting redirection errors. Can someone help me out, not sure what I should be doing here?

  • What about www and other subdomains?
    – DocRoot
    Oct 4, 2018 at 18:10

1 Answer 1


Try the following instead:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^example\.net$
RewriteRule .* https://example.net%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

If HTTPS is off or the requested host is not example.net then redirect to HTTPS and example.net.

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    Should be RewriteRule .* https://domain.tech%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L] Oct 4, 2018 at 18:21
  • @user1692517 No, have a look at httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/rewrite/intro.html#regex for a clear example on % and $ in mod_rewrite, they serve different purposes. Oct 4, 2018 at 20:25
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    @PatrickMevzek This isn't a backreference (where you have %n and $n), it's a reference to a server variable of the form %{SERVER-VARIABLE}. I'd made a typo in my answer - now updated.
    – DocRoot
    Oct 4, 2018 at 21:56

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