Domain Redirects

Please note this module is not installed by default; if you are NOT a Site Builder you will need to submit a Service Request to have it activated on your site.

The Domain Redirect function allows a site manager to redirect a path from a separate domain to a location in their SiteFarm site. This process is only possible AFTER your SiteFarm site has launched.

Understanding Redirects

What is a Redirect?

A redirect is a behind-the-scenes instruction that a website provides to a visitor's browser letting the browser know the original URL location requested is actually named something else or located somewhere else, and it sends the browser to that new location.

Redirect Gotchas

The redirect system does NOT work with files of any type UNLESS the original file no longer exists on the site.

Redirects: Telling the digital world you've moved

Clients with an existing site they're moving to SiteFarm are understandably concerned with preserving visitor traffic analytics and providing a seamless transfer to avoid confusing people using established URLs and personal bookmarks. Having a deeper understanding of the layers involved with your Redirects will assist you in take the necessary steps to configure all options appropriately.

Fix 404 Pages

The Fix 404 pages option is different than designating a 404 error page for your site. This feature lets you know what people have tried to navigate to directly but received an error page. Either a search engine has an older link still in its index that people are clicking on or a visitor has a bookmark that is out of date. In both cases, you want to make their experience of being taken to the correct location as quick and seamless as possible.

Internal Redirects

Why would you use an internal Redirect?
  • A page has changed location within a site
    • /blog/article1 is now located at /news/article1
  • A page has changed its name
    • /research/facultyperson-hall changes to /research/mrak-hall
  • A page no longer exists, the link is broken, or visitors commonly enter a URL that is close to the actual URL, but is incorrect so it fails

In each of the instances outlined above, the one consist