After SSL certificate is installed on my site, how do I make it so all visitors will always see https, not http?
Posted on 2007-08-01
I have recently purchased an SSL certificate for my website from Network Solutions. I also host the site with them, so they have installed the certificate for me. It seems to be working fine -- if I go to my site using https instead of http, I see the little padlock icon which shows that my site is secure. However, I am also still able to access my site by using http, and then the padlock icon does not appear.
So... here is my question: how do I make sure all visitors who come to my site will see https and the padlock icon? Is there something I must do to make that happen? Is this a matter of setting some kind of special properties or permissions on individual site files or directories?
In answering, please keep in mind that I am hosting with Network Solutions, so I don't have too much direct control over the web server. As part of my hosting package, they give me a hosting control panel with a file manager and some other tools for managing my site, but I'm not very sophisticated about using those. I originally created and published the site using Dreamweaver, which I am still using to update the content (connecting to Network Solutions' server via Dreamweaver FTP).
In other words, I am not very knowledgeable about web server admin/configuration. I do know that my site is hosted on an NT server, but that's about the extent of my server-related knowledge, so please dumb down your answer accordingly. Thanks for your patience with my stoopidity.