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ERR_Too_Many_Redirects – Switching WordPress to CloudFlare

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Cloudflare has become a great resource for adding a level of security for websites at many levels including the Domain Name Server (DNS) level. Their packages are affordably priced, and they even have a free version. Security is an important part of keeping your website visitors safe from hackers and malicious actors. Google now penalizes websites that don’t have a SSL (Security Certificate), so it’s become an integral part of website development and search engine optimization.

Switching to Cloudflare

Moving your domain name servers (DNS) to Cloudflare is a painless process, and is all you need to do to start using their security system.

  1. You provide your domain name.
  2. Cloudflare scans and creates a copy of your existing NS Records
  3. You update your domain name’s DNS servers to point to Cloudflare.
  4. You walk through a simple Quick Start Guide.
  5. Done!

Cloudflare instantly creates and installs an SSL Security Certificate on your domain name, and secures all your traffic.

But, sometimes there’s a problem.

This page isnt working. redirected you too many times. ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS


For whatever reason, every time I switch over my WordPress Websites to Cloudflare, I always get this error:

This page isn’t working redirected you too many times.

Try clearing your cookies.

It looks like this is caused by WordPress trying to redirect to a secure version of the website, and Cloudflare redirecting back to the non-secure version of the WordPress website. I’m not sure why these lines get crossed, but there is a simple solution

How to Fix “… redirected you too many times” Error

The solution is straight forward. You need to update your SSL/TLS Overview to be “Full” instead of “Flexible”.

  • Enter your domain name account in your Cloudflare account.
  • Select “SSL/TLS” from the sidebar. This will bring you to the Overview page:
SSL/TLS Overview Flexible Selected
  • Select the radio button (circle) next to “Full”:
SSL/TLS Overview Full Selected

That will be saved and updated immediately, and your website should start working within 10-20 seconds.

Hopefully this helped you if you were having trouble with this problem.

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