Earlier I have written about the different types of redirects and what does it refer to. If you read that post, you will remember that I mentioned the redirection WordPress plugin. For those who haven’t read the previous post here is the link-
Here is the small recap of the previous post about Redirection Plugin-
- Whenever we delete, remove, change the URL of particular post/page then the old link will through the 404 page not found error. In that case, Google will still show the page (if we have set the 404 custom page for our blog) which causes the 404 error. To avoid this issue, we have to redirect old page URL to new URL.
- To redirect the old URL to the new one, there are few WordPress plugins available in the store among them Redirection is the best option.
- Temporary redirect, permanent redirect are the types of redirects which we can use on our blog as per our requirements.
- There are various ways where we can manage the redirects in WordPress blog.
You can manage all the redirects by using any WordPress Redirection plugin. Redirection is a very popular and easy to use, configure WordPress plugin. I was searching for the best redirect WordPress plugin, and I found this one. I was searching for the ‘how to use the Redirection WordPress plugin’ but didn’t see anything useful. I thought why not I learn and write about this plugin and here we go.
In this post, I am going to tell you about how you can manage 301 redirects(permanent) on your WordPress blog.
Before moving forward, you need to install the Redirection WordPress plugin from the directory.
Once you installed the plugin, activate it.
Now, go to Tools> Redirection
You will see the dashboard of the redirection plugin, once you saw it, you will quickly understand how to use it.
Before doing anything, I would suggest you analyze all the 404 page not found on your blog. The best thing about redirection plugin is you can easily track all the 404 errors from your blog in the 404 tab. This plugin will continuously monitor your blog for the 404 error and will report you if any found.
Mostly this plugin is helpful when you have to change the directory of the blog, or you are moving your blog to another domain.
Open the 404 tab, and you can see lots of errors are there. You could see the 404 for images too, also for tags, categories, and all other things. Here, you have to consider only the page and post URL’s, forget about others those are the bots errors tried to hit the blog. You would come to know the page/post URL.
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If you see other than that error, I mean links. Then you should redirect that links to new working links. Its very simple to do it with this plugin.
You will see the redirect link, at the bottom of each not found link, just click on that and provide the new URL. Once you all done Google will start to redirect the old URL to your newly added link. See the below snapshot
Here, you will see the Delete 404’s checkbox, you can check this to delete the logs to avoid the further logs for the redirected link.
Some of the FAQ about this plugin
Why we are doing this or Why we need this plugin?
If we deleted, moved or changed the URL of the post, then readers will see the 404 page not found an error which is not good for your blog’s SEO. We can quickly redirect such not found links to another URL.
Is it a free plugin?
Yes, this plugin is completely free.
Will this plugin track 404 error of the whole blog?
Yes, this plugin will automatically detect all the 404 page not found pages.
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