What is Redirection?
A Redirect is a featue of web hosting, wherein the visitors to a particular domain which has been shifted to another domain as a result of any of a technical glitch, redundancy of the previous domain, etc are automatically re – routed to the new domain which is currently in use. Redirecting features are as necessary as using the cPanel backup to avoid data loss and downtimes.
What is the Need for Redirecting?
The online arena is a dynamic entity and is therefore constantly undergoing change as to content, technological advancement, etc. Much like regular cPanel backup, it therefore automatically becomes necessary for the domain owner to keep up-to-date with the demands of the market by updating the content of his domain and the various technological upgrades which occur from time to time.
• Redirection is done by re – routing the visitor from an old domain to a new domain. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that the visitors get access to the latest content available in the domain, failing which the business of the domain owner would stand a chance of incurring losses.
• A Redirect is aimed at providing smooth transition between previous and current domains. Improper transition leads to bad user experience, which causes decreased traffic to the domain and hence, losses to the owner.
• With failure of redirection, the visitor base of the previous domain suffers a huge drop, thereby causing loss of goodwill as well as monetary losses to the domain owner.
• Improper redirections leading to unauthorized access of domains owned by others involve the risk of attracting legal action.
Categorization of Redirects
Redirects may be categorized into the following 2 types —
a) Permanent Redirect ( 301)
b) Temporary Redirect (302)
Permanent Redirect (301)
A Permanent Redirect is set up for the purpose of permanently re – routing the traffic of the previous domain towards the new domain. It is especially used when the domain owner permanently shifts to a new domain and the old domain is supposed to become redundant or obsolete.
Visitors are redirected permanently to the new domain.
In case the visitor had created a bookmark for the earlier domain, it updates such bookmark with the new address.
Configures search engines to automatically show the new domain.
Temporary Redirect (302)
A Temporary Redirect is rather a makeshift redirect used by domain owners to re – route the traffic of a domain that is down due to some reason such as a technical glitch. It does not provide all the benefits or features of a permanent redirect. For example, it does not update the bookmarks and does not configure the search engine to redirect to the new domain.
How to create a Redirect for your Domain using cPanel
Following are the steps for creation of a Redirect for your domain using cPanel:
Step 1 : Look for ‘Domains’ on the cPanel Home Screen and Click on ‘Redirects’
Step 2 : Under the tab ‘Add Redirect’ choose which type of redirect you want to create;
Permanent (301) or Temporary (302)
Step 3 : Choose the Domain and enter the web address which needs to be redirected.
Step 4 : In ‘Redirects to’, where it asks for the page where redirect should take to, enter th new web address.
Step 5 : Click on ‘Add’.
And you have successfully created a Redirect to your domain using cPanel.
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