I'm moving a site from static to Wordpress where all the pages in the old site were XXX.html. This has gone ok as I included a Wordpress plugin to handle the renaming of pages/posts to .html. I was wondering what I should do with pages that I don't plan to migrate. For example I combined their old location and contact pages into one page in Wordpress. I'd like to redirect the old location page to the new page on Wordpress. Is there a plugin for that? I wasn't able to find something or I was searching the wrong way. I read others suggest using 301 redirects, is that the best way? Thanks!
Yes, using 301 redirect statement in .htaccess file is the best way (on Linux hosts).
Add the below statement in the .htaccess file in your WordPress installation's root folder.
Redirect 301 /location.html http://www.yourdomain.com/contact.html
Replace these names with actual names from your site:
BTW, you don't need a plugin to handle the renaming of pages/posts to .html. You can set this up by setting the -
Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks > Custom Structure
I wouldn't recommend using a plugin for these simple requirements.