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Just started a new job and the company website is built on Wordpress. All URLs seem to have a trailing backslash for example https://www.digitallearninginstitute.com/courses/professional-diploma/

We are moving to a different CMS and I want to get rid of these so the URLs are https://www.digitallearninginstitute.com/courses/professional-diploma

From what I can find out this was a requested redirect (I think maybe setup in Wordpress or AWS) where any URLs that dont have the backslash it adds a backslash.

looking at GSC I see a URL that is indexed without a backslash and the version that has the backslash is not indexed which is good from a duplicated content POV however looking at another page its the opposite (version with the backslash is indexed, non backslash isnt indexed)

Question: whats the best practice for moving CMS systems - ideally I dont want to have the backslashes and we are changing the URL slugs (not ideal but we need to)

so for the URL https://www.digitallearninginstitute.com/courses/professional-diploma/ this is changing to https://www.digitallearninginstitute.com/courses/digital-learning-design I was going to setup a redirect from https://www.digitallearninginstitute.com/courses/professional-diploma/ to the new URL and then https://www.digitallearninginstitute.com/courses/professional-diploma (without backslash which gets redirected to the version WITH a redirect) change this to also redirect to the new URL.

Confusing I know but struggling to see the best way forward to make sure I can change the URLs, include redirects where needed without causing 404s.

Thanks

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  • What CMS are you moving to? These redirects need to be implemented in your new CMS. WordPress is pretty much irrelevant once you have moved off of it. Sep 4 at 16:44

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The method that worked fine for me is this :

Go to Settings>>Permalinks>>Custom Structures

Modify this /%postname%/ to this /%postname%. As you can see I removed the back slash trail at the end.

Save changes and clear the cache.

It will redirect automatically from back slashed url to non back slashed one

I hope this method will work for you as well.

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I think that the best way is to

  • Use .htaccess (if you have access to it) and a redirect from url\ to url for all your urls
  • Have a canonical tag on each page pointing to the non slashes version.

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