Sarthaz Sarthaz -4 years ago 93
Apache Configuration Question

Enforce HTTPS across thousands of 301 RewriteRule entries

community. I'm migrating an ancient ColdFusion site (seriously), and we have literally thousands of 301 redirects from old versions of pages like


to more reasonable counterparts like


Google says to list them out one by one, so that's what I'm doing. However, on ALL of these redirects we also want to enforce HTTPS. What we have now is this:

RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteRule ^thing.cfm$ /thing/? [R=301,L,NC]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} id=1 [NC]
RewriteRule ^blah.cfm$ /awesome-sauce/? [R=301,L,NC]

It works fine, but Google complains that it's technically two redirects for these old links. A possible solution would be to exclude *.cfm files from the HTTPS redirect and explicitly make every single *.cfm redirect go to the HTTPS version of the page, like so:

RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(.*)cfm$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteRule ^thing.cfm$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/thing/? [R=301,L,NC]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} id=1 [NC]
RewriteRule ^blah.cfm$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/awesome-sauce/? [R=301,L,NC]

But over thousands of lines, that's a lot of extra characters in an .htaccess file. I know this is better in apache config, but I don't have that option right now.

My question: is there a way to set a flag that's going to apply the HTTPS parameter to ALL of the subsequent *.cfm 301 redirects?

Thank you!

Answer Source

Rather than enforcing https:// in each 301 handler you can move yourhttp->httpsrule at the bottom and removeR` flag from your redirects so that Google (or any external client) sees only one redirect.

RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^thing.cfm$ /thing/? [L,NC]

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} id=1 [NC]
RewriteRule ^blah.cfm$ /awesome-sauce/? [L,NC]

# all other rules here but remove R=301 flag

# finally do a http->https with rewritten URI
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L,NE]

Make sure to clear your browser cache before testing.

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