The root of my domain successfully redirects to a subdirectory, meaning example.com redirects to example.com/abc.

example.com has no WordPress install.

example.com/abc has its own WordPress install.

The homepage on http://example.com/abc is not HTTPS and I don't want it to be, however, I do want all the sub-pages to be HTTPS (eg. https://example.com/abc/xyz or https://example.com/abc/thistoo)

My current .htaccess file is the standard WordPress stuff...

# BEGIN WordPress

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /abc/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /abc/index.php [L]

# END WordPress

I've checked and tried many other solutions that I've found here but so far no joy.

p.s. I know to re-save permalinks after making changes like this to the .htaccess file.

  • "example.com redirects to example.com/abc" - where are you performing this redirect? "The homepage on http://example.com/abc" - presumably you mean http://example.com/abc/ (with a trailing slash)?
    – MrWhite
    Oct 21, 2018 at 9:53

1 Answer 1


Presumably your .htaccess file is located in the /abc subdirectory? In which case you can do something like the following to force HTTPS on all sub-pages, except the homepage:

This needs to go at the very top of your .htaccess file:

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !on
RewriteRule !^(index\.php)?$ https://example.com%{REQUEST_URI} [R=302,L]

This assumes that the SSL cert is installed directly on your application server.

The negated RewriteRule pattern !^(index\.php)?$ only matches non-empty (or not index.php) URL-paths, so this excludes the homepage.

Change the 302 (temporary) to 301 (permanent) only when you are sure it's working OK, to avoid caching issues. Clear your browser cache before testing.


RewriteBase /abc/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /abc/index.php [L]

Since you have set the RewriteBase directive, you can remove the directory-prefix from the RewriteRule substitution (this is what the RewriteBase directive does):

RewriteRule . index.php [L]

However, since your .htaccess file is in the /abc subdirectory, then you don't actually need the RewriteBase directive or the directory-prefix.

  • 1
    That has worked perfectly, MrWhite. Thank you so much.
    – au_Martin
    Oct 22, 2018 at 10:35

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