I'm using WordPress and moved to https recently. I've had some issues since with the domain not redirecting properly.

Currently it works OK but https://example.com is not redirecting to https://www.example.com.

I have tried a lot of ways but I have not been successful so far.

Here is my htaccess:

RewriteEngine On 
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.co.uk [NC]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.co.uk/$1 [R,L]
# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress
# BEGIN rlrssslReallySimpleSSL rsssl_version[2.1.12]
# END rlrssslReallySimpleSSL
<IfModule mod_expires.c>
    ExpiresActive on

    ExpiresByType image/jpg "access plus 1 month"
    ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 1 month"
    ExpiresByType image/gif "access plus 1 month"
    ExpiresByType image/png "access plus 1 month"

1 Answer 1


It looks like you are just missing the OR flag:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.co\.uk [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.co.uk/$1 [R,L]

Either the bare domain is accessed OR you are accessing via HTTP then redirect. The default operator is to AND the conditions.

Also, escape the dots in your regex.

Change R (temporary) to R=301 (permanent) when you are sure it's working OK.

UPDATE: It's possible that SERVER_PORT might not be reporting the correct port (See UseCanonicalPhysicalPort directive). Alternatively you could use the HTTPS variable instead:

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off

Another alternative is to test whether the host does not start www, rather than testing for equality. So, in summary:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\. [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R,L]
  • Thanks for the reply. im not sure dont think that works.
    – lee
    Aug 11, 2015 at 15:39
  • Maybe just a typo, but your question states example.com, but your code states example.co.uk? Also, clear your browser cache etc. if you have previously been testing with 301 redirects.
    – MrWhite
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:24
  • Also, it's possible that SERVER_PORT is not set correctly, so HTTPS could be used instead. I've updated my answer. (However, this probably won't affect your stated example, https://example.com to https://www.example.com since that should be triggered by the very first condition.)
    – MrWhite
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:45
  • hi sorry w3d yes you are correct, my website is .co.uk and not .com i did not think it would make a difference, also when i did the first suggestion all my pages redirected to my homepage
    – lee
    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:44
  • Well, if the domain is supposed to be one thing but you code for another then that is going to make a difference! The "first suggestion" cannot redirect all pages to your homepage - in fact, it is no different to your original code in this respect. If that is happening then there is something else going on. Try clearing browser cache etc.
    – MrWhite
    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:09

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