When you move a page to a new location or rename its URL, you can insert a forwarding page to ensure that visitors to the old URL are redirected to the new URL automatically. When you move or rename pages, we recommend using forwarding pages as:
- visitors are redirected automatically and do not see a ‘page not found’ error message
- search engine crawlers update their index with the new URL
In this article:
Insert a forwarding page automatically when you move or rename a page
- Go to the page you wish to move or rename.
- Go to Edit > More, then select the Current page tab.
- Select either Move this page or Rename this page, as appropriate.
- Select Forward requests for the old address on to the new address. Doing so inserts a forwarding page at the old location.
Insert a forwarding page manually
- A new staff intranet for the School of Architecture is ready at
- Obsolete information for the School's staff is currently live at
- Rename or delete the obsolete page
- Insert a forwarding page at
/architecture/staffthat points to
- Go to the old page you wish to forward visitors from – for example,
Rename the obsolete page's URL to, for example,
/staff-oldand choose the following options:
- Do not select Forward requests for the old address on to the new address
- Hide renamed pages in searches
- Remove view permissions from renamed pages
- Return to the parent page above the location where you want to insert a forwarding page – for example,
- Go to Edit > More, then select the Sub-pages tab.
Scroll to the bottom of the Sub-pages tab. Select one of the following buttons:
- Create a forwarding page - this is displayed when no forwarding pages exist
Switch to forwarding pages view - this appears when forwarding pages exist
In the URL box, enter the last part of the URL you want to forward visitors from. Do not include any preceding or trailing slashes. For example, to forward from:
staffNote: There must not be a page with the same URL at this location. If there is, follow steps 1-3 above to rename the obsolete page's URL. Alternatively, delete and purge the obsolete page.
Enter the path of the page to forward visitors to. This is the part of the page's address after
https://warwick.ac.uk. For example, for
https://warwick.ac.uk/architecture/intranet, it would be:
The target page must exist, and it must not be a forwarding page.
Choose whether the forwarding page should resolve sub-pages or not. If you select Always go to the target page, visitors to sub-pages such as:
…are all redirected to:
If you do not select Always go to the target page, visitors to sub-pages such as:
…are redirected as follows:
- Select Save new forwarding page.
Visit the old URL in a browser and check that the forwarding page redirects you to the target URL. In our example, the forwarding page
Forward to a URL that does not start with https://warwick.ac.uk
To forward from a SiteBuilder page to a page external to the Warwick website – one that does not begin with
https://warwick.ac.uk – contact webteam at warwick dot ac dot uk for assistance.
Email webteam at warwick dot ac dot uk
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