Does a redirected domain need an SSL?

I have a domain that redirects to another, secured domain. Does the first domain even need an SSL?

If the domain is redirected by Cloudflare for all pages (so redirecting*) then no, a SSL certificate is not needed since there’s no requests going to an origin server (assuming you are using the default universal SSL setup).

You do need a DNS record though. Use A or AAAA 100:: as dummy entries.


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