Redirection of a webpage

To avoid “404 File Not Found” Error!’s after deleting webpages in the context of a website update, it’s often useful to redirect these webpages to a new url. There are at least 2 major different forms of web page redirection : Client-side Redirection & Server-side Redirection.

Stay away from Client-side Redirection. These methods of redirecting a webpage range from using html meta tags, to javascript, and even using flash embedded on a page to redirect. All of these methods are notorious for getting you de-indexed from search engines, or at the very least, you’re page getting automatically penalized from search engines.

The best and safest way to this is the “301 Redirect“. The following tutorials describe the “301 Redirect” method :

There are different ways to set up an “301 Redirect“. Using .htaccess to accomplish the 301 redirect is highly suggested due to it being fairly convenient to manage, rather than setting redirects on each individual page, you can simply add the redirect code to the .htaccess file. An Online .htaccess editor to configure the redirection is offered by Hideyo Ryoken & Masato Mannen.

A php sample code to redirect an individual page permanently to a new location is shown hereafter :

  1. <?
  2. header( “HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently” );
  3. header( “Status: 301 Moved Permanently” );
  4. header( “Location:” );
  5. exit(0); // This is Optional but suggested, to avoid any accidental output
  6. ?>

If the redirection is only temporary, you should use the “302 redirect” method. A php sample code to redirect an individual page temporary to a new location is shown below :

  1. <?php
  2. header(”Location:”);
  3. exit();
  4. ?>