Safe Redirect Manager


Safe Redirect Manager is located under Tools, Tools > Safe Redirect Manager.

When to Use a Safe Redirect

Use a safe redirect for deleted pages, renamed pages, shorter URLs, or related links to your website.

Redirect ExamplesPurposeFrom URLTo URL
Deleted webpagesThese links help redirect traffic from bookmarks or search engines to a webpage rather than a "Page not found" webpagehttps://web.wsu.edu/web-training/spine-theme-training/https://web.wsu.edu/web-training/wds-training/
Renamed webpagesWordpress will try to find the correct page, adding a redirect will prevent a "Page not found" webpage.https://web.wsu.edu/web-design-system-training/https://web.wsu.edu/web-training/wds-training/
Short URLsThese are easy links that are easy to use and rememberhttps://web.wsu.edu/ga4-updatehttps://web.wsu.edu/blog/2023/03/03/ga4-update/
Related LinksThese help connect a related link that is not housed with your website. https://web.wsu.edu/web-support-tickethttps://www.wrike.com/form/eyJhY2NvdW50SWQiOjU4ODY3NjIsInRhc2tGb3JtSWQiOjExMTE2NDV9CTQ4NTc5MDg0NTcwMzUJMDIxNDhhNzIyZWVkMTA0OTg5MTZmYjg4NTk2NWZhN2I1NDA2Y2Y0Njc3YzYwMjhkOGIxNTAzZGZhZDU3Yjk1ZQ==

What You Will Need

You will need two URLs, the Redirect From: and the Redirect To:.

Redirect From:

Use the URL (web address) excluding your homepage. Include the initial forward last, (/).

third- and fourth-level websites: mywebsite.wsu.edu/page-to-redirect becomes /page-to-redirect

subdirectory websites: wsu.edu/mywebsite/page-to-redirect becomes /page-to-redirect

Redirect To:

Use the whole URL (web address), including the https://.

https://mywebsite.wsu.edu/redirect-to-this-page or https://wsu.edu/mywebsite/redirect-to-this-page

Wildcard

Safe Redirect Manager supports a wildcard (*) for matching Redirect From: URLs or Redirect To: URLs.

Redirect From:Redirect To:ResultExample Redirect From: Example Redirect To:
https://web.wsu.edu/*https://ucomm.wsu.edu/web/All webpage from the redirect from URL will go to the redirect to webpage.https://web.wsu.edu/need-helphttps://ucomm.wsu.edu/web/
https://web.wsu.edu/https://web.wsu.edu/*Adding * to the end of the redirect will add the path to the end of the redirect to URL.https://web.wsu.edu/web-training/wds-training/https://ucomm.wsu.edu/web/web-training/wds-training/
https://news.wsu.edu/*https://wsu.edu/*Using a wildcard on the Redirect From and Redirect to will math the pathhttps://news.wsu.edu/announcementshttps://wsu.edu/announcements

HTTP Status Code

Although you can leave the HTTP Status Code field as 302 Found it is good to know when to use the other options available. In most cases, 302 Foubnd and 301 Move Permanently will be sufficient for your needs.

Important

TEST! TEST! TEST! Test your redirect as a 302 Found before changing it to one of the other HTTP Status Codes.

Redirect ExamplesPurposeHTTP Status Code
Deleted webpagesThese links help redirect traffic from bookmarks or search engines to a webpage rather than a "Page not found" webpage301 Move Permanently1
Renamed webpagesWordpress will try to find the correct page, adding a redirect will prevent a "Page not found" webpage.301 Move Permanently1
Short URLsThese are easy links that are easy to use and remember302 Found
Related LinksThese help connect a related link that is not housed with your website. 302 Found

1 Always test with a 302 Found before selecting 301 Move Permanently. People’s browsers will cache the 301 Move Permanently. It will be hard for people to realize it is updated and they need to clear their cache. A 302 Found is not cached.

Choose the Right HTTP Status Code

  • 301 Move Permanently: For definitive permanent redirecting! Search engines will update their links.
  • 302 Found: This is for a temporary redirect. Search engines are not updated with this link.
  • 303 See Other: A way to redirect a web application to another
  • 307 Temporary Redirect: A more definitive temporary redirect than a 302.
  • 403 Forbidden: This indicates that the server understands the request but refuses to authorize it.
  • 404 Not Found: The server can not find the request and delivers a 404 Page not Found webpage.
  • 410 Gone: Indicated the URL is no longer available.