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Disabled SSL but site still redirects to https

Long story short: I don't need https for the site I've just installed, as it's not collecting any user data or other sensitive information (essentially, it's a brochure site).

 

But when I first loaded the site using http it redirected to https and told me there was a problem with the self-signed SSL certificate. I did a bit of digging around, and followed steps to disable SSL (cPanel, SSL/TLS, delete private keys, delete certificate).

 

It STILL redirects to https, but this time the error says the domain name on the certificate (on shared hosting) doesn't match my domain name.

 

As a stopgap solution I've manually installed a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate, valid for three months, but I'd really like a definitive answer: 

 

  1. Is there anything else I need to do apart from deleting the private keys/SSL certificate? 
  2. The post I was following said it could take 'up to an hour' to take effect. Is that correct? I didn't actually wait an hour, so could that be the problem? Is it similar to changing nameservers and waiting for the new settings to be propagated? 

Thanks in advance!

Karim

 

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Re: Disabled SSL but site still redirects to https

@KarimCB 

 

Try using a new browser... Some browsers might cache redirects etc.  I had a similar issue yesterday for about half an hour... I knew I was the only one getting an error because it was only erroring out on a specific computer.  Worst case scenario, open up your hosting and check your .htaccess or http.conf and see if the redirection code is still there.

 

Also, HTTPS help with SEO, I suggest keeping it.

~Jan Mykhail Hasselbring Web Administrator @ fullstackwebsolution.com
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Re: Disabled SSL but site still redirects to https

@KarimCB 

 

1) I recommend SSL for ALL sites as it's sort of the standard today - and many browsers say "not secure" if there isn't an SSL - even for brochure sites

 

2) The redirect may not have anything to do with your SSL certificate itself but rather the .htaccess file

 

Since you mentioned Let's Encrypt I'm assuming you are on a cPanel server - If you go to the domains section you should see (assuming latest version of cPanel) a toggle switch for Force HTTPS redirect

 

3) It could be a local cache issue as well.

 

Hope all this helps you .



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Re: Disabled SSL but site still redirects to https

I tried four different browsers, and cleared the cache in all of them, so it's not that. I also checked .htaccess and there's no redirect there.

 

Not sure about http.conf - where does that normally live, and would I have access on shared hosting? 

Re: Disabled SSL but site still redirects to https

It's not .htaccess or cache (I've tried multiple browsers with the cache cleared). 

 

I haven't got Force HTTPS as a redirection. I saw it's available in cPanel v80, and I just checked my version - 78, so no go on that front.

 

(I hear what you say about SSL, and have seen elsewhere that it's a big trust/SEO issue, so maybe that's the way to go.)

 

Thanks for your help. 

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Re: Disabled SSL but site still redirects to https

@KarimCB 

 

http.conf is typically when you have a VPS vs just a cPanel as it's more server wide settings

 

Is this a WordPress site (perhaps a plugin) is causing it



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