One of the features of Yoast SEO Premium we’re most proud of is the redirects manager. It helps you to keep your site healthy and up to date! Learn what it can do for you and how to use it!
When do you use the redirects manager?
Whether you’re cleaning up pages on your site or changing your site structure: everybody has to delete posts or pages at some point. Deleting comes with a risk though, because when the old URL gets visitors, they’ll be served a 404 not found error. In most cases, especially for a frequently visited page, you’d want to redirect the old URL to a new one with the information you think is most relevant to these visitors. In other cases you might want to tell your visitors content has been deleted or temporarily show another page. With the Yoast SEO Premium plugin you can do all this directly from within your WordPress install!
How does it work?
After deleting a post or page, or changing a slug or URL, our plugin will ask you directly what you’d like to do with the old URL:
As you can see it will automatically present you the most common options. Just select the one you prefer!
Besides this automatic notification, you can also go to Redirects, which you’ll find under SEO in your left hand menu, when Yoast SEO Premium has been installed. Here you can easily enter the old URL and the new one you’d like to redirect it to. You can select the type of redirect and you’re done!
Redirect types in the redirects module
The redirect types that you can choose from in Yoast SEO Premium are:
- 301 – Moved permanently
- 302 – Found
- 307 – Temporary redirect
- 410 – Content deleted
- 451 – Content unavailable for legal reasons
Yoast SEO Premium also enables you to create REGEX redirects. REGEX redirects are Regular Expressions redirects. This means that you can redirect a group of URLs that contain a certain word or expression with one redirect. It’s a very powerful tool, that’s mostly interesting for advanced users.
The redirect module has been built for scale. By default we write the redirects to your
.htaccess file. For more advanced users we offer the option to write the redirects to a separate file, that you can include in your Apache or NGINX server config.
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