If you are creating a new WordPress website to replace an older one, I highly recommend the Redirection plugin. Search engines index your sites and keep track of how many people go to certain pages.   When you create a new site, you structure things differently, so it is easy to lose some of this information.  You might also be surprised at how many people link to your site (via other websites, bookmarks, etc).  They will get an error message when they try to visit a non-existent page.

Redirection helps you avoid all these pitfalls by creating 301 Redirection notices.  These 301 notices basically inform search engines and browsers that the page they were looking for has now been replaced with another.

This plugin is really easy to use. You will be really glad you did.

To create a 301 Redirect, just find the Ad New Redirection Section and cut and paste the link from the old webpage into the Source Url and the link to the new webpage in the Target Url and click “add redirection.”

Repeat the process for all your pages and you are all set.  I did this for my website that was 60 pages and it took me 30 minutes to complete.

Another cool thing about Redirection is that it also keeps track of how many times each page has been redirected so you can make sure it is working correctly.

Here are some other great features:

  • Automatically add a 301 redirection when a post’s URL changes
  • Manually add 301, 302, and 307 redirections for a WordPress post, or for any other file
  • 404 error monitoring–captures a log of 404 errors and allows you to easily map these to 301 redirects
  • Custom ‘pass-through’ redirections allowing you to pass a URL through to another page, file, or website
  • Full logs for all redirected URLs
  • All URLs can be redirected, not just ones that don’t exist

What plugin do you use for 301 Redirects?