How to Redirect WordPress Posts or Pages


Links are crucial for our websites to work. But sometimes links break, get lost, are deleted, and other weird things happen to them. This is when we need a way to patch up things. The easiest way to fix broken links is to redirect them to another place that we know exists and has content. Obviously, this only applies when links are broken on our websites, not on other people’s websites.

Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin

So you inadvertently deleted a post in WordPress or distributed an incorrect link to your post on Facebook? No worries. Install Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin into WordPress.

This handy little plugin adds redirect options below the page/post text editor window.


Quick Page/Post Redirect Options

If you want to redirect an existing post or a page to another location, simply go to edit that post or page. You will find the redirect options right below the text editor window. Tick Make Redirect Active and type in the URL address where the post or page should be redirected.

Once you update the post or page, the redirect will be activated.

To deactivate the redirect it is enough to untick Make Redirect Active and update the post or page again.

Redirect Deleted Posts or Pages

In case you inadvertently deleted a post or a page, which you didn’t back up, you will need to redirect your visitors from that specific post or page somewhere else until you recreate the deleted content.

To do this go to your WordPress Dashboard > Redirect Options > Quick Redirects.


Quick Redirects

To create a quick redirect enter the location of the post or page that will be redirected into the Request field. Be sure not to enter the full URL address, only the part that comes after your domain. For example, if I wanted to redirect this current post, I would enter /how-to-redirect-wordpress-posts-or-pages/.

On the other hand, you have to enter the full URL address into the Destination field, i.e. where you want the redirection to take your visitors.

After you entered all URLs correctly, click Save Changes.

You can create a quick redirect for both deleted or non-existent posts and pages. So even if you never published a post or a page, you can still redirect it to another URL.

If you no longer require a quick redirect, simply click on the clue X mark next to it below the Delete column. A small pop-up will ask for your confirmation of the deletion process. Once you confirm by clicking OK, the redirect will be gone.

I like to use post and page redirects in my projects for a variety of reasons. Mostly when the purpose of a page changes but a lot of people might have already bookmarked it. Rather than deleting the page and creating a 404 error for my visitors, I simply redirect them to some new content.

Final Thoughts

Do you use redirects on your website? If not, did you find this how-to tutorial inspiring enough to start using them? Be sure to tell me below in the comments.

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