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Adding URL redirects

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Content Administrator
Task
Content editing
Topic
Content editing

In Sector, content administrators can add redirects from a specified URL path to an existing node on the website.

Redirects are useful in situations where a URL has changed and you need to direct people to the new URL when they try to visit the old one.

Note: To use redirects, you must have the content administrator user role.


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How to add and manage redirects

Redirects can be added and managed in the Configuration section of the AdminUI.

<your-domain>/admin/config/search/redirect

Screenshot - ‘Redirect’ section of the AdminUI backend

‘Redirect’ section of the AdminUI backend

When you ‘Add redirect’ ( 1 ) you can pick the URL path users will visit, and the node that this path will redirect to. You can also select the redirect status – by default, this is ‘301 Moved Permanently’ which will be suitable for most (if not all) redirects you add. You can learn about other statuses and when they are used at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HTTP_status_codes#3xx_Redirection 

In the table of existing redirects, you can edit/delete redirects using the operations links ( 2 ).

Fixing 404 pages by adding redirects

Redirects are also useful for fixing 404 pages - i.e. when users try to visit pages which don't exist and are redirected to the 404 'page not found' page instead.

You can see pages which couldn't be found by navigating to:

<your-domain>/admin/config/search/redirect/404

Screenshot of ‘Fix 404 pages’ in the AdminUI backend

‘Fix 404 pages’ in the AdminUI backend

You don’t need to fix all 404 pages – for example, some will be from bots. We recommend you add redirects for ‘important’ pages and ones that have been frequently requested.

This can be done by clicking ‘add redirect’ ( 1 ) and selecting the content the user should be redirected to if they try to visit the page.

Managing existing redirects in the node edit form

Screenshot - ‘URL redirects’ in the settings of a node edit form

‘URL redirects’ in the settings of a node edit form

If a node has URL redirects leading to it, there are additional settings in the node edit form to help you manage these. In the node settings in the sidebar, you will see a ‘URL redirects’ section - any redirects are listed here and you can edit or delete them by selecting the dropdown ( 1 ).

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