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Questions tagged [redirects]

A page, link or command that points URL requests to another URL in the world wide web. Redirects can be either server-side or client-side through the use of javascript.

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What are the most commonly used and basic Apache htaccess redirects?

This question is here so we can offer users who are looking for information on how to make one or more common or basic redirects in Apache using the htaccess file. All future questions pertaining to ...
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Are drops in Google ranking common after switching to https?

About a week ago I made the switch to https on one of my sites. I'm positive I did everything right. Properly setup 301 redirects from http to https versions. Added and verified https version in ...
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Moving from HTTP to HTTPS in Google Search Console

I'm moving from HTTP to HTTPS for my entire site. The site is currently added to Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) as www.example.com and all the pages are indexed without using ...
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ecommerce item deleted by user, 301 redirect to HOME PAGE or 404 not found?

I know this question is someway similar to this one where they recommend using 404, but after reading this other one where they suggest to use 301 when changing site URLs (in the specific case was due ...
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Forcing SSL and www in .htaccess

I'm looking for a way to force SSL and www. I've been able to force both separately but together I keep running into redirection issues. The following code works when handling a URL in this format: ...
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Redirect everything from old domain to new domain

I need to (permanent) redirect all of the following: www.example.com www.example.com/folder sub.example.com sub.example.com/folder Basically, all URLs that are reachable without being intended to: ...
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.htaccess permanent redirect to www

I have a WordPress installation that is not redirecting URLs not starting with www. Example: http://example.com/dir/ doesn't send to http://www.example.com/dir/ instead goes to http://example.com/. ...
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Is it better to have an ErrorDocument 404 redirect back to the homepage or a standard 404 error page?

We run an ecommerce site that was setup by a third party ecommerce software provider, basic shop with product pages, basket and checkout. The third party vendor set up the htaccess file so that if a ...
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When the root URL of a domain doesn't have a specific site, how should visitors be directed to language folders?

My question is not technical (how to do it using X technology), it's about choosing proper approach that is good for SEO. Description Let's say I have a website example.com. It's a multilingual site,...
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Can you use an external 301 redirect for a blog post hosted on wordpress.com?

My friend has a WordPress blog and he wants to move some of the posts to another site. I suggested that he install a redirect plugin to do so. He wrote back: I think the plugin you offered ...
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Switching to HTTPS - redirect question

Following the recent Google announcements about improved ranking for sites running on https we have a number of clients asking about this. Is it safe to just 301 redirect all pages to their SSL ...
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Naked domain to “www” redirect in Windows Server 2008

I have a Windows server. I have several websites hosted on my server. Currently, I can only visit these websites if I include "www" (e.g., www.techtint.com). I want the naked form of the URL to ...
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How do I temporarily disable a website?

I have to take a website down for a month, which is the least intrusive way to keep achieved SEO optimizations? should I just add in apache config: <Directory /root-directory-of-web-site-to-be-...
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Is large scale of 301 redirects for URL change harmful for SEO?

I have changed the URL for a large portion of my website (150,000+ URLs) to follow a SEO-friendly structure like all lower-case and hyphenated URLs (earlier they were capitalized at places and had ...
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What should I do with a ton of alternate domains? Redirect or use landing pages?

We have a ton of alternate domain names. What is the best strategy as far as SEO strategy is concerned? Do we want to 301 redirect them all to our primary domain or set up simple landing pages that ...
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Redirect from SSL HTTPS to HTTP (NO SSL)

Many of my visitors have bookmarked my site already with https://mydomain.com. Under the bad advice of a programmer I have put my whole site (Joomla) using SSL. I do not sell anything or provide any ...
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redirect various http domains to certain https domain via htaccess

I have a bunch of domain names with different TLDs. What I want is to point several domains to the "main"-domain which has a SSL cert (single domain). Like this: https://maindomain.com (main domain ...
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How do I determine if a redirection was due to DNS or the webserver?

I had an issue this week where the webhost altered my DNS settings, but the website, whether I typed in example.com or www.example.com would always resolve to www.www.example.com and I couldn't figure ...
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Proper status code for language redirection (301, 302, … 307)?

I have build a websites with multiple languages. The URLs look like: http://www.example.com/en/ http://www.example.com/de/ If the user access the main domain http://www.example.com/ the web server ...
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.htaccess Redirect Old Threads

I have moved to mybb to vanilla and want to redirect old threads to the new format, so the indexed threads on Google aren't lost. The old format is showthread.php?tid=3003 Whereas the new format is ...
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Do we have any redirect solution for all of subURL?

Suppose I redirect exmpale0.com to example1.com , example1.com is newer. Already , I promoted my exmpale0.com into social networks , Suppose I had: http://example0.com/blahblah Now I have ‍http://...
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How to submit shortened URLs to Google so that they are included in the index

I am working on a project to create a URL shortener. I have successfully gotten it to create short URLs, but I would like to submit them to Google. When I submit a short URL via Google Webmaster ...
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redirecting openshift rhcloud domain to custom domain for SEO purposes

Openshift application url: example.rhcloud.com Custom domain: example.com I came across this link and added the redirection rule. However, I can not access example.rhcloud.com now. My custom domain ...
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Subfolder won't permenantly redirect to subdomain

Right now I have the following code to redirect all non-www URLs to www URLs: RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L] Besides that redirection, I ...
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HTTPS and HTTP URLs point to different places?

I own and use a domain for a project. When I type in my domain preceeded by HTTPS instead of HTTP, I am re-directed to a compromising website. How is this possible? Did somebody buy the HTTPS ...
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Redirect URL ending with dot

I submitted my site's URL to my workplace's printed newsletter and when I get the printed version, they added a dot to the end of it. Some people will realize that the period is not a part of the URL ...
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Should I change the URLs in the XML sitemap after 301 redirecting them?

I am using 301 redirects for all URLs. Should I change sitemap URLs now? The sitemap currently contains the following URLs: example.com/cat/1.html example.com/cat/2.html example.com/cat/3.html ...
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How do I use a htaccess redirect to force www and use the .org domain while maintaining the URL path?

I have found this rule that does about 90% of what I want, but not quite everything. My main goals for the redirect are to 1) force www. 2) redirect .com to .org. This does that, but if I were at www....
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Remove everything after the question mark in the URL?

Is there any way to redirect a page with a question mark in the URL, to the same page, but with everything after the question mark removed? For example: From: /residential-properties/projectname/?...
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How do I map a (keyword rich) domain name to an existing website?

I am not experienced technical person, and still learning but will try to explain what I have done so far and what my query is. I have a (hypothetical) domain az-studios.com On that domain I have 3 ...
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Can I track referral traffic in Google Analytics from a domain that is redirecting to my site?

We have two domains such that www.example.org is redirecting to www.example.com. We want to track how many times someone gets to example.com from the example.org redirect. How can do do this in ...
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Duplicated content www on subdomain and SSL

I have a eCommerce based on OpenCart, but I was wondering about change my domain name for SEO purposes. For me the critical thing about my changes are the imminent possibility of domain change, I'm ...
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Using a .htaccess to RewriteRule and Redirect 301 at the same time?

I have a couple of specific URLs that I want to display differently on my website, like this: RewriteRule ^contact$ contact.php To get ride of the ".php" extension. And to be SEO friendly (to avoid ...
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Redirect http www and non-SSL domains to HTTPS without multiple redirects?

I'm losing link juice in multiple redirects. I need to redirect all domain versions to my default domain i.e. https://example.com By all domain versions I mean http://www, http://, https://www and ...
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301 redirect blogspot to an existing domain?

Is it possible to redirect a blogspot site to an existing URL? Note that I don't want to buy a new domain and tell blogspot to use that, eg as per this question: How to have a blogspot blog in my ...
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When using a framed redirect, which site does Google attribute content to for SEO purposes?

I want to setup a WordPress blog on blog.example.com. After that, I want to also show this blog in blog.example2.com using an <iframe>. Will Googlebot collect my blog information under ...
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Permanent Redirect (WWW to non WWW)

This is my vhost conf and still permanent redirect isn't working. DocumentRoot /var/www/example ServerName example.com ServerAlias www.example.com <Directory "/var/www/example"> Options Indexes ...
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Is there any way to redirect one domain to another via DNS settings keeping the path information?

For example, my domain is example.com and when someone navigates to example.com/sample/page.htm, I want it to redirect to test.com/sample/page.htm. I know that this can probably easily be done using ...
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.htaccess language redirects with SEO-friendly URLs

How do I setup my .htaccess file to detect several languages, and redirect them to specific SEO-friendly URLs? Basically every URL needs to go to index.php?lang=(...). So, for English language ...
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Would redirecting to a new home page affect SEO?

I'm currently working on a new landing page for this site. I want the landing page to replace the existing front page of the site. However I don't want to lose the Page Rank of the current front page -...
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Multiple sites redirected to one main site

I have a client who insists of having multiple website domains all being redirected to one main website domain. It is getting out of hand and his server has become conveluted and riddled with garbage ...
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Are there downsides to using a 301 redirect from a shorter URL on our own domain rather than using a URL shortener service?

Wondering if there are any negative implications to using a redirect on my own domain as a kind as a URL Shortener. I am often asked by folks creating printed documents for "short URLs". My ...
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How can my site detect mobile phones and switch visitors to a mobile Domain?

My Question is that when user enter the website: http://www.example.com then they will just go to automatically to http://www.example.mobi how can i do this .. is their any technique behind that. ...
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Redirect based on country

Let's say I have a site that has multiple versions for different countries, e.g.: www.example.com/us www.example.com/uk www.example.com/ca and I want to use IP geolocation to redirect users who go ...
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Will Googlebot have trouble crawling a site if we have such international redirects based on location and cookie?

So, we have an international site with multiple subdomains for each language. We have hreflang markup in place (+ sitemaps), but we also detect where users come from and redirect them to appropriate ...
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Will http to https rewrite rule affect SEO ranking?

I recently started serving all my pages over https instead of http. I did so using this rewrite rule: <rule name="force https" stopProcessing="true"> <match url="(.*)" /> <...
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What's the best way to redirect from domain to subdomain?

I want to install my new site content on a subdomain like subdir.mydomainsite.com instead of the root domain. This is a new domain and not previous content to redirect. The root URL will be empty ...
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Does a 303 status code pass page rank?

I'm doing an audit for a client who has a 303 redirect on his site from: example.com to example.com/en/. I personally would have used a 301 redirect, but I want to know if a 303 passes page rank the ...
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Serve a different robots.txt file for every site hosted in the same directory

We have a global brand website project for which we are only working the LATAM portion. There is a website installation process here that allows to have one website installation with several ccTLDs, ...
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What is domain “masking” or “cloaking”? Why should it be avoided for a new web site?

What exactly is the domain name "masking" or "cloaking" offered by some hosting companies, (as opposed to redirection), and what are the various reasons it should be avoided when setting up a new web ...