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I created a staging site with a self signed certificate using:

mkdir /etc/ssl/wildcard.yourdomain.com
cd /etc/ssl/wildcard.yourdomain.com/
openssl genrsa 2048 > host.key
openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -sha1 -days 3650 -key host.key > host.cert

openssl x509 -noout -fingerprint -text < host.cert > host.info
cat host.cert host.key > host.pem
chmod 400 host.key host.pem

sudo a2enmod ssl
sudo service apache2 restart

<VirtualHost *:443>

SSLEngine On
SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/wildcard.yourdomain.com/host.pem
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/wildcard.yourdomain.com/host.key

(from http://blog.justin.kelly.org.au/how-to-create-self-signed-wildcard-ssl-certificates-for-apache/)

The issue I"m having is that *.yourdomain.com is just hanging.

I set up

ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com

As well as

ServerName yourdomain.com

When I navigate to "yourdomain.com" it works as expected.

But when I type: https://www.yourdomain.com chromium says "Establishing a secure connection" in the bottom right hand corner,

I enabled mod_ssl debug level logging but nothing is being logged when I type in url with www. My end goal is to redirect www to my root domain https://yourdomain.com. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am using namecheap's free dynamic dns:


@          m.y.i.p                A Address    1800
www        https://yourdomain.com URL Redirect 1800

SUb Domain SEttings:
*          https://yourdomain.com URL Redirect 1800

For subdomain settings, I also tried https://*.yourdomain.com

THank you

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What's your DNS configuration look like for the www name? And can you show us the output of apachectl -S? –  Shane Madden Feb 6 '14 at 23:06

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The URL redirect configuration in your DNS provider's name servers won't work with SSL.

The implementation of that kind of redirect really means that the provider has an A record configured on that name that points to servers of theirs, which then send HTTP redirects.

Those servers sending the redirects don't have any way to have a valid SSL certificate for your domain, so they listen on HTTP only - HTTPS connections will always fail.

Your server will need to be serving the HTTPS connections directly for the www name (then sending a redirect itself if that's desired) - change your record for the www name to an A or CNAME pointing to your server (if a CNAME, then point it to yourdomain.com.).

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