Once your website reaches a certain age, some pages become redundant.
With many in our SMARTSTART Community blogging on a regular basis, it seemed timely to address a tool that can help with an annual housekeeping task. Yes, you do need to spring clean your blog. In fact, I’m about to take care of that myself this month and plan to use this tool, called Redirection*, to help me speed through this chore.
*Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors and generally tidy up any loose ends your website may have. All without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
And it’s 100% free!
New features for this year include:
- 404 error monitoring – captures a log of 404 errors and allows you to easily map these to 301 redirects
- Custom “pass-through” redirections allowing you to pass an URL through to another page, file, or website.
- Full logs for all redirected URLs
- All URLs can be redirected, not just ones that don’t exist
- Redirection methods: redirect based upon login status, redirect to random pages, redirect based upon the referrer!
Existing features include:
- Automatically add a 301 redirection when a post’s URL changes
- Manually add 301, 302, and 307 redirections for a WordPress post, or for any other file
- Full regular expression support
- Apache .htaccess is not required – it works entirely inside WordPress
- Redirect index.php, index.html, and index.htm access
- Redirection statistics telling you how many times a redirection has occurred, when it last happened, who tried to do it, and where they found your URL
- Fully localized
Let’s face it. Things happen to our blogs over the course of a year and it’s our responsibility to keep things running clean. We might as well make it as easy as possible for ourselves since it’s one of those jobs that never goes away.
Happy Spring cleaning everyone!
More next time. Until then, remember to LOVE YOUR WORK, whatever it may be.
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