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How to redirect URLs from an old site to a new one

Share URL:      Article: KB0000767 Published: 2016-04-12 Last modified: 2016-05-18

Question

  1. My site URL (myoldsite.ucdavis.edu) is being redesigned and we want to give it a new URL of mynewsite.ucdavis.edu. How do we do this?
  2. We are promoting a particular page of our site, but it has a really long, unfriendly URL and we want to shorten it for our event so it’s easy to remember. How do we do this?

Answer

In both cases a redirect needs to be created; this is a set of instructions that directs a visitor’s browser from the old URL to the new one, or else is told that the promotional URL is the exact same thing as the longer, harder-to-remember URL, thus creating an alias where the two different URLs mean the exact same location. 

While redirects can be done inside of Cascade, this is NOT recommended, supported or considered best practice. Instead, use these steps: 

  1. Your sysadmin or server administrator should add a 301 redirect command to your server to take any browser requests for the old URL or aliased URL and send it to its desired location.
  2. Send an email to the hostclerk@ucdavis.edu requesting them to redirect the traffic.

    Example of domain name change:
    ucdavis.edu CNAME yournewurl.ucdavis.edu

    Example of an aliased redirect:
    cms.ucdavis.edu/training/content-library/for-everyone/document-index-block CNAME cms.ucdavis.edu/document-index
  3. Wait up to 24 hours for the work to be done and the DNS information to update.
  4. If, after these changes clicking on the link goes to the correct server, but the incorrect site or page, review the configuration of the redirect information in step 1.


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