When someone types a Web address, a redirect forces the Web to send the visitor to a location specified by the website owner. For example, if you created a new homepage for your website, you want your visitors to visit this new homepage, not the old one. A redirect would force visitors that type in yourdomain to be redirected to youdomain/home, allowing them to completely bypass the old homepage and be sent to the new one. This can also be done for websites. If you own both the websites universityofutah.com and brighamyounguniversity.com, but you decide you don’t want anyone visiting universityofutah.com anymore, a redirect forces them to visit brighamyounguniversity. univeristyofutah.com still exists, but visitors are redirected to brighamyounguniversity whenever they click a link connected to the site or type in that address.
In this section, we’ll discuss:
- Creating a Redirect
- Editing a Redirect
Creating a Redirect
2. Complete the form. You must determine if you want the redirect to be permanent or temporary.
3. For websites where you have a /, type the text after the / in the text box. Text before the / should be typed in the http://(www.)? text box.
4. Selecting Redirect with or without www. will allow visitors who type your website address with or without www. to be redirected. In most cases, this is the best option. If you select Wild Card Redirect, all the pages of a website will be redirected tot he same pages of the new website. For example, a Wild Card Redirect redirects both yahoo.com and yahoo.com/images to google.com and google.com/images, respectively.
5. Click Add, when finished. A confirmation page appears.