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cPanel – Directing the Redirects

Posted by Allison on 26 10 2017.

What is a Redirect?

The online arena has been undergoing revolutionary and abrupt changes with the emergence of new technologies and spectacular researches. It is imperative that when you are investing in a new domain or interface, your regular visitor’s should automatically get the opportunity to experience the change seamlessly. So the routing of users from your previous to the current domain should be prompt.

The Redirect interface essentially allows the traffic going towards your old domain to be re-navigated towards your domain without causing any glitch in user experience.

Why do you need a Redirect?

Not setting up a redirect might lead to the following circumstances that might prove financially unsettling for your online venture

 	No Redirection means users are not able to see the latest contents. Stale content and the assumption that your site is dead will hurt your business exponentially.
 	Bad user experience can turn off the traffic towards your domain…

What is a Redirect?

The online arena has been undergoing revolutionary and abrupt changes with the emergence of new technologies and spectacular researches. It is imperative that when you are investing in a new domain or interface, your regular visitor’s should automatically get the opportunity to experience the change seamlessly. So the routing of users from your previous to the current domain should be prompt.

The Redirect interface essentially allows the traffic going towards your old domain to be re-navigated towards your domain without causing any glitch in user experience.

Why do you need a Redirect?

Not setting up a redirect might lead to the following circumstances that might prove financially unsettling for your online venture

  • No Redirection means users are not able to see the latest contents. Stale content and the assumption that your site is dead will hurt your business exponentially.
  • Bad user experience can turn off the traffic towards your domain or website and diminish your online income.
  • Failure to Redirect can mean that your new site doesn’t get the opportunity of availing the advantage of gaining the support from your previously established user group.
  • Improper redirects may inadvertently cause legal issues.

Types of Redirect

There are basically two types of redirect that cPanel users should take note of

  • Permanent (301) Redirect
  • Temporary (302) Redirect

Permanent Redirect

A permanent redirect is set up with the intention that the new domain or web address is going to be the permanent home domain and consequently the old domain is supposed to become obsolete.

  • It redirects the visitors to a new domain.
  • Has the ability to update the visitor’s bookmarks.
  • Directs search engines towards the new address.
  • Search engines update data accordingly and popularity of the new link builds over on the old one’s’.

Temporary Redirect

A temporary redirect is utilised as a makeshift arrangement and hence does not carry forward the advantages of a permanent one. It does not update the visitor’s bookmark or make the new link popular or SEO friendly.

How to Create your Own Redirect

Step 1: Click on the Redirects option found in cPanel home.

Step 2: Specify which kind of Redirect would fit your purpose, a temporary or a permanent one.

Step 3: Specify the domain where you want to redirect from in this section.

Step 4: Here you enter the destination part & specify the path of folder the users are to be redirected to.

Step 5: Specify the protocol and full URL of the destination site or domain.

Step 6: Select the relevant option from the www.redirection. Options:

  • Only redirect with www. : Redirects only when www. Is entered by the user in URL
  • Redirect with or without www. : Redirects regardless of using the phrase www.
  • Do not redirect www. : Redirection is prohibited if www. Is entered by the user in URL

Step 7: Select the Wild Card Redirection checkbox to establish an one to one connection between the files and folders before and after redirection.

Step 8: Click on Add button to finalize and save the changes.