How To Setup Redirects In WordPress For Better SEO & Smooth Website Migrations



Setting up redirects sounds so intimidating, but I am here to tell you that it’s not, in this tutorial I will show you how easy it is the set it all up.

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  • Good video Adam,
    I am going to have many redirects (static -> wordpress), how long should a redirect be in place for?
    Does it eventually get removed?

  • Very rare & important topic.. you always brings us best.. Thanks Sir..!

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  • One quest I had a while back, and I think I've gotten my answer, but you may have something to add or it could be helpful to your users.

    Can creating too many 301 redirects be harmful?

    I had a customers website I was completely revamping and switching platforms, which was around 50 pages. The structure of the old site was not what I'd want it to be, so I ended up going with different URL's for all but 3 of the pages. I created 47 301 redirects to ensure any old links to their site would not be broken once we switched.

    The info that I found said that this is not a problem, and that it is unlikely this would do SEO harm with Google. Have you found this to be the case?

  • Thank you, actually today I had a problem with this and you posted this video just in time! Keep the great work please!

  • Great video Adam! I so needed this a month ago for a web-redesign and migration. I was trying to decide between Yoast and Redirection. I chose to use the paid Yoast plug-in and heavily relied on this for a variety of redirects. I created individual redirects, imported a bulk list of 200+, and I connected Google Search Console with Yoast and it will let me create redirects on the fly for 404 pages. Yoast even lets you view/edit the .htaccess file for those more complex redirects (such as http to https).

  • Thanks Adam. I literally made a change to a couple of my pages yesterday and just used this. Thanks!!
    Been subscribed for a while and sticking to it!!

    WOw, was just doing a followup on my Google Console and discovered a bunch of 404 errors. a bunch have "page-name/http://www.mydomain.com" weird, any idea how that would happen? Also seeing some with page names that shouldn't even be there. Like it was hacked. Running scan using WordFence now, though now been using iThemes since your video re WordPress slowing the site down.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Another great video Adam… you read my mind with this one! I just have one question since both your examples were about url's within the same website. Am I understanding correctly that if I have an old domain name from a site that I'm merging to become part of a new site with a completely different domain name, then using the free Redirection plug-in I simply enter the old domain name as the "source" url and it's new domain name (that's part of the new website) as the "target" url?

  • Another Good video Thanks!

    I checked the Redirection plugin and it actually has some automatic features now:

    from Plugin description
    "Why would I want to use this instead of .htaccess?
    Ease of use. Redirections are automatically created when a post URL changes, and it is a lot easier to manually add redirections than to hack around a .htaccess. You also get the added benefit of being able to keep track of 404 errors."

  • Thanks Adam for the insights. Any clues on doing WILDCARD 301 redirects in .htaccess from one domain to another where the URL hierarchy is the same just different top level domain?

  • ADAM

    Thanks for this tutorial!

    Now, what do I do with the old posts that have been redirected to a new URL—should I leave them published, change them to draft mode, or put them in the trash?

    Keep on keepin' on!

    NEAL

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