A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect from one page URL on your domain to another page on your domain. So when a page is visited, either by a visitor or a search engine, they will instantly be redirected to another page on your site.

This Help article includes:

  • When to use a 301 redirect
  • Adding a 301 redirect
  • 301 redirect requirements

When to use a 301 redirect

You might use a 301 redirect if you’ve recently moved to Bandzoogle and have an old page address with your previous host that ranks high in a search engine. Adding a 301 redirect of the page URL on your previous host will direct both visitors and search engines to your new page here.

Example: if a page URL on your previous site like http://yourdomain.com/audio/music.php ranks high in search results, you could add a 301 redirect from that page to your new Bandzoogle page https://yoursite.com/music.

Google and other search engines recognize 301 redirects, so instead of displaying broken links in search results (and having to wait until Google re-indexes your site), adding a 301 redirect will make sure that your site links keep working in a search results.

You can also use a 301 redirect to create URLs that are different from the page-name structure.

Example: if you want to share a link with your fans named https://yourdomain.com/shows but already had a similar page called https://yoursite.com/events, you could add a 301 redirect from /shows to /events.

Adding a 301 redirect

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’
  2. Click the pencil icon to the right of the page name for which you want to create a redirect
  3. Click ‘Advanced settings’
  4. Next to ‘Redirect path’ enter the original url
    • Example: If you want visitors to the original page http://yourdomain.com/audio/music.php to be directed to the page you are editing, enter http://yourdomain.com/audio/music.php in this redirect URL field.
  5. Click ‘Save’

301 redirect requirements

  • You must have a domain pointing correctly to your site in order to add 301 redirects.
  • You can include folder paths as well as file extensions (like .html, .php etc.) in your 301 redirects (ex: foldername/yourpage.html or pagename.php).
  • 301 redirects can only be applied to main pages listed in your website page list (‘Edit Content’ tab). A 301 redirect cannot be applied to pages generated by features, like individual blog posts in your Blog feature.
  • Only one redirect can be added per page.