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Redirects: Temporary vs permanent

4 years 9 months ago - 4 years 9 months ago #106612 by allfive
Redirects: Temporary vs permanent was created by allfive
What's the proper use of a temporary redirect? How long is "temporary"?

I want to redirect a published article URL to a new temporary article, then be able to either kill the redirect after a certain time (several days or a week) or make the redirect permanent, depending on the circumstances.

Hope that makes sense.

Of course I could rewrite the original article to reflect the new circumstances while the temporary redirect was in effect, then kill the temporary redirect and go back to the updated content in the original URL as the new, permanent content, but I may need to keep the original in tact for "journalist integrity" and "evidence" purposes. Yeah, it's complicated. :)

Now you're thoroughly confused, I'm sure.

Thx.

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4 years 9 months ago - 4 years 9 months ago #106682 by Valentin
Replied by Valentin on topic Redirects: Temporary vs permanent
Hi Allfive,

A redirect is useful when you changed the link for a page.
You can set the redirect in htaccess, then in future change the redirect to match the new one.

This free service helps to generate the redirection syntax to paste in your .htaccess file: www.htaccessredirect.net/


Hopes this clarification helps

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4 years 9 months ago #106810 by allfive
Replied by allfive on topic Redirects: Temporary vs permanent
Many thanks, Valentin. I'm making the redirects from a Joomlart extension but it is great to know about the service you mentioned.

Can you tell me the purpose of a temporary redirect (301) or why there is a need to make two types: temporary and permanent? Does Google give you bad marks for keeping a lot of 301's on your site, for instance?

Thx.

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4 years 9 months ago #106834 by Valentin
Replied by Valentin on topic Redirects: Temporary vs permanent
Hi Allfive,
  • Permanent: do the redirection from url A (old) to url B (new). Tells to the search engine to track only B.
  • Temporary: do the redirection in same way as permanent; the search engine keep tracking both.

Hopes this clarification helps

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4 years 9 months ago #106934 by allfive
Replied by allfive on topic Redirects: Temporary vs permanent
Excellent! Thanks, Valentin.

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4 years 9 months ago #106968 by Valentin
Replied by Valentin on topic Redirects: Temporary vs permanent
You're welcome Allfive!

Let us know if we can help you in something else

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