.dev domains force HTTPS by default

.dev is a domain owned by Google. As part of Google's initiative to secure website connections, .dev domains force HTTPS be default. You can see this is mentioned when originally purchasing the domain registration:

Please note that since HTTPS is forced at the registry level by Google, there is no way to override this redirect. The only option is to install an SSL certificate to ensure your site does not throw a browser warning.

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