Redirects are a way to forward visitors and search engines to a different URL than the one they requested. Redirects play an important role within SEO, so it's important to know what types of redirects there are, when to use which ones, and how they measure up against one another. You usually redirect a page for the following reasons:
- The URL is broken or it doesn’t work
- The webpage/site is no longer active
- You have a new webpage or new website (domain name changed) that you want people to visit instead of the old one
- You’re fixing a webpage and you want to temporarily make a detour for your users for continual website experience
There are various redirection types that you can use, but, 301 (Moved permanently) and 302 (Found/Moved temporarily) are most common HTTP codes. A 301 redirect, or also known as a permanent redirect, should be put in place to permanently redirect a page. This is a server-side redirect which redirects users from URL A to URL B while signaling to search engines that URL A's content has been permanently moved to URL B. So, this will passes 95-99% of the page authority from an old URL to a new URL. On the other hand, 302 redirect, or also known as a temporary redirect, should be put in place if you want to redirect your site visitors into another webpage but, you plan to bring the redirected page back after some time. This is a server-side redirect that redirects users from URL A to URL B while signaling to search engines that URL A's content has been temporarily moved to URL B. Knowing this, the 302 redirect will not pass on all qualities of the redirected page to the detour page. Our plugin supports these redirection types along with others like 303 (See other), 304 (Not modified), 305 (Use proxy) and 307 (Temporary redirect).
In the configure page, admin can specify whether the plugin’s functionality is enabled or not. If the plugin was disabled, defined redirection records aren't be applied at all.
In this page, admin can define URL redirection records with these options: