What are redirects?

Redirects are pages that don't contain any content of their own but instead automatically forward visitors to another page either on your site or elsewhere.

You add redirects to your site in a similar way to pages. Once you have added a redirect you can specify where it should forward visitors to.

If you want to redirect visitors from all of your pages to another website, you should enable site redirection instead

Why use redirects?

You probably won't use redirects very often. You can use them to:

  • Add items to your navigation menu that you couldn't normally include there (such as links to other sites)

  • Alter where built-in applications appear in your navigation menu. Applications are added to the top level of your site but you could use redirects to make them appear in one of the sub-sections of your navigation menu instead.

  • Create short addresses (URLs) for pages. This is useful if you want to include a page's address on publicity or correspondence. For example, you may have a page with an address like:

    www.surreycommunity.info/mysite/our-activities/2011/june/our-annual-trip-to-london/

    You could create a redirect at the top level of your site redirecting to this page which would have a much shorter address such as:

    www.surreycommunity.info/mysite/london-trip/

    or if you have your own domain name:

    www.mysite.org/london-trip
     
  • Stand in for missing or moved pages. For example, if you move a page from one part of your site to another, any links leading to that page will stop working. To prevent this, you could create a redirect where the page used to be forwarding visitors to the page's new location.

 

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