How to create URL redirects?

How to create URL redirects?

Here's a guide to answer the commonly asked question "How do I redirect a URL?"

Create a new URL redirect

1. Select the website you wish to edit and go to URL redirects to create a new URL Redirect.

Adding a URL redirect

2. The ‘Redirect from’ field is where you would like to redirect site visitors from (usually the URL of your old website). This is always start with a ‘/’.

3. The ‘Redirect to’ field is where you would like to redirect site visitors to. This should always start with a:

  • ‘/’ when the new URL is on the same website
  • 'https' when the new URL is on an external website

Make sure that the new URL is valid and working to avoid any broken links.

4. Lastly, toggle if you want to redirect to be temporary. A permanent redirect is recommended for SEO.

Adding a new URL redirect on Konigle

Example of URL redirection

Here is an example of how the URL redirection should be done.

URL redirection example on Konigle

Here's a video tutorial on how to create URL redirects in your website:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I redirect a URL for free?

Yes, there are several free options for redirecting URLs:

  • Website builder platforms: Many website builders, like Konigle, offer basic URL redirection features within their plans.
  • Free redirect services: Platforms like Freedomain.io offer limited free URL redirection functionality.
  • DNS management: If you manage your domain name server (DNS), you can set up redirects directly through your DNS provider.

What happens when you redirect a URL?

Redirecting a URL sends users and search engines to a different webpage than the one they originally requested. It's like being shown a "detour" sign and directed to a different destination. This can be done permanently (301 redirect) or temporarily (302 redirect).

Which redirect should I use?

Choosing the right redirect depends on the specific situation, such as:

  • Is the redirection temporary or permanent?
  • Are there any SEO considerations?

Is redirect permanent or temporary?

It depends on the type of redirect used:

  • 301 redirect: Permanent. Used when a page has permanently moved to a new location.
  • 302 redirect: Temporary. Used when a page has temporarily moved to a new location.

Author

Wen Lin Poh

Digital Gardener

A part-time digital nomad who cultivates a vibrant digital garden on Konigle at thebrainatomy.com. When I'm not exploring new places or tending to my digital blooms, you can find me sharing insights and fostering connections online.