Create & Manage Redirects

The redirect management page is where you’ll do most of the work in Redirection. It consists of a table with all your redirects and a section to add new ones. To access this page select the Redirects option in the top menu bar.

Adding A Redirect

Use the ‘add new redirection’ form to create a new redirect.


In its most basic form you need to enter a source URL (the URL you are redirecting from) and a target URL (the URL you are redirecting to).


The source URL is always relative to your site. This means, for example, if the URL you want to redirect from is, and Redirection is installed on then the source is /old-url – it is relative to your domain.

If you try and enter a full URL with domain name then Redirection will remove the domain and just use the relative URL.

The target can be any URL, relative or otherwise.

Some things to note:

  • The source URL should be URL encoded. For example, if you want to include a space in your URL you need to encode it as %20
  • The source URL cannot contain a hash #. This is not sent to the server and it is not possible to match against it

Editing a Redirect

Once you’ve created a redirect it will be added to your list. When you hover over the newly created redirect you will see links appear beneath it:


Press the edit link to edit the redirect in exactly the same way you added it.

Enabling, Disabling, and Deleting

Deleting a redirect removes it from Redirection and it will no longer be active.

A disabled redirect means the redirect still exists in Redirection, but it’s not active. Use this to temporarily disable the redirect without deleting it.

Enabling a redirect re-activates a disabled redirect.

Advanced Redirects

Advanced options are available by clicking the cog icon at the bottom of the redirect edit form.


Clicking this expands the form to show the full range of options:


These are:

  • Title – enter a text description about the redirect. This will be used instead of the URL in the redirect table, and is designed to help you understand the purpose of the redirect
  • Regex – explained further on the Regular Expression page
  • Match – explained further on the Redirect Matches page
  • When matched – explained further on the Redirect Action page
  • Group – explained further on the Groups page
  • Position – controls the order in which redirects are processed. A lower number has  a higher priority
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