How to redirect a web page

Applies to: T4 Site Manager
Last updated: 9/11/2016
Summary: How to redirect users automatically from old content to new content when you move, rename or delete content. Includes information on top-level redirects (shorter URL for publicity) and external redirects.

Before you start

Do

Don’t

Redirect an existing section

  1. Rename the section using the format: Redirect (name of original section being redirected).
  2. If the Output URI and Output File Name are both blank, you must give the Output URI the end part of the web address that is currently in use. For example, if the page you are redirecting is at bristol.ac.uk/school-name/conference-2015 you would add conference-2015 to the Output URI field. Ignore the Output File Name.
  3. If either the Output URI or the Output File Name are already filled in, leave them as they are. 
  4. Make sure Show in navigation? is unchecked.
  5. On the Content tab, click Add Content.
  6. Choose Redirect; complete the following fields:
    • Name: ‘redirect’
    • Target type
      • External URL: If the destination page exists outside T4 Site Manager, eg in Plone or on a local server, choose ‘External URL’ and type in the URL in the field underneath. Note that this must be an absolute URL, ie the entire URL including 'http://www...' at the start.
      • Section: If the destination page exists within T4 Site Manager, choose ‘Section’ and then click on the link marked ‘Section’. In the pop-up window, find and select the destination page from the available list.
      • Use Default Link Text: optional
    • Apply redirect to:
      • branch: the section you are adding the redirect to and all its subsections will redirect users to the destination page. The most common option.
      • section: the section you are adding the redirect to will redirect users to the destination page. All subsections will be unaffected.
      • subsections: the section you are adding the redirect to will remain unaffected. All subsections will redirect users to the destination page. Useful if consolidating content from subsections onto main section.
    • Retain branch structure:
      • no: users entering a URL for a sub-section beyond the redirected section will be redirected to the destination page. The most common option. Eg bristol.ac.uk/old-section/sub-section/ will redirect to bristol.ac.uk/new-section/. (Recommended)
      • yes: users entering a URL for a sub-section beyond the section-level of the redirect will be redirected to a URL with the same structure. Only the redirected section itself will change. Useful when renaming the URL of a section. Eg bristol.ac.uk/old-section/sub-section/ will redirect to bristol.ac.uk/new-section/sub-section/.
  7. Click ‘Add’.
  8. Delete the old content blocks from the redirected section, once the redirection is working. If you are redirecting a branch that includes subsections, you should delete the content from those subsections and then delete the subsections, otherwise they will continue to be crawled for publishing.
  9. If you are redirecting the branch or the section, rename the redirected section using this format: 'Redirect (name of old section)'. if you are redirecting subsections only, you should leave the section name unaltered.

Create a new redirect

  1. Create a new section at the location you want to redirect. Use the Output URI field for the address that will act as the redirect. For example, if you want bristol.ac.uk/school-name/conference-2016 as a redirect, you would create a new section within School Name called Redirect (Conference 2016) with conference-2016 in the Output URI field. 
  2. Make sure Show in navigation? is unchecked.
  3. Follow steps 4 to 8 above.

Top-level redirects / shorter URL

These redirects provide a shorter, memorable URL that may be used for publicity purposes.

Example: bristol.ac.uk/video-guidelines which redirects to bristol.ac.uk/style-guides/video-audio/producing-videos/.

Contact us to request a new top-level redirect.

External website redirects

If you are intending to redirect users from a page within the University web presence to an external, non-University website, this should be done with a timed redirect.

Timed redirects will redirect users after a specified period of seconds and should be used in conjunction with a message on your old page explaining that the user will shortly be redirected to an external URL. This helps to prevent confusion when following a bristol.ac.uk link only to arrive at a non-bristol.ac.uk web page.

Email your request for a new timed redirect to web-support@bristol.ac.uk.