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Time for action – creating page redirects

Time for action – creating page redirects Let's assume you've replaced your old site with a brand new one. We'll try out how the Redirect Manager component works by entering a non-existing old URL and tell the Redirect Manager what new page it should show instead: Go to Components | Redirect to open the Redirect Manager: Links screen. In the course of time, the Expired URL column in the Redirect Manager: Links screen will automatically be populated with broken links. These are URLs that visitors have entered or clicked on in their browser and that have generated an error page. Clicking an Expired URL will allow you to enter a redirect URL. However, if you've just installed Joomla or if your site isn't live yet, the Redirect Manager: Links screen won't contain any Expired URLs. Click on New to open the Redirect Manager: Link screen.In the Source URL field, enter the outdated URL. Make sure to enter not just any wrong URL; it should contain the domain name from the current site. Replace www.e xample.com in the following example by your own domain name: To determine the URL you want to redirect visitors to, navigate to the new page to copy the URL from the browser address field. To do this, click on View Site to open the website in a new browser tab. Navigate to the page you want to redirect visitors to. Don't copy the example URL below—navigate to an existing page on your site. Copy the URL in the browser URL field using Ctrl + C. The URL data is now stored in the clipboard.Click on the browser tab that takes you back to the backend of your site, displaying the Redirect Manager: Link screen again.In the Destination URL field, paste the copied URL using Ctrl + V. In the Comment field, you can enter a short note about the nature of this redirect—for example, redirecting from old About Us page.You can leave the Options unchanged. Actually, there's just one option available: you can either enable or disable this redirect. The redirect is turned on by default, so that's OK.Click Save & Close. You're done. To test the redirect, navigate to the frontend of the site and enter the expired URL. You shouldn't get any error messages now; you're immediately taken to the new URL. Redirecting multiple old URLs in one go In the course of time, the Redirect plugin may record a long list of expired URLs from pages that don't exist anymore—for example, different pages from a site category that you haven't taken along to your new site. As there are no new equivalent pages on your current site, you may want to redirect visitors to one new catch-all URL: a page explaining that you've restructured your blog and suggesting relevant links. Here's a quick way to redirect a group of outdated links to one new Destination URL: In the Redirect Manager: Links screen, select all the URLs you want to point to the one new page you've created.At the bottom of the screen, there's a section called Update selected links to the following new URL: Enter the address of the new page in the Destination URL field and click on the Update Links button. The Redirect Manager: Links screen now displays the new URL in the New URL column of all the selected pages. All new redirect links are enabled.That's it! You've now redirected a bunch of old URLs in one go. If you try any of the old pages on the frontend of your site, you're redirected to the new URL.

  

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