Redirect URLs

There may be times when you want a URL to re-direct and open a different URL. You are able to re-direct any URL within the same domain.

Scenarios for creating re-directs:

  • Perhaps the site navigation is changing and the URL for given information has shifted.  A re-direct can be created so users typing in the original URL still get to the content on the updated URL.
  • If you have a campaign to promote a page on the site, you can create whatever snappy URL name you want and then re-direct it to the correct page.

IMPORTANT: Re-directs only work within the same domain:

correct: cuit.columbia.edu/subway Re-direct to cuit.columbia.edu/servicenow.  Incorrect: www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology/lists/core.html Re-direct to psychology.columbia.edu/people

Instructions

1. Click Shortcuts > Redirects

2. Click the button +Add redirect

click button +Add redirect

3. Enter the path for the URL you want to re-direct.  This is the link that users click or type into the URL bar.

NOTE: since you can only re-direct URLs in the same domain, you only need to add in the page name after the domain name prefix.

enter in path field

4. Enter in the page you want the user to land on when they click the link above.

IMPORTANT:

  • Setting redirects to internal pages: type in the name of the page in the To field and select the list of pages suggested from the system. Do not manually type in anything to prevent error.
     
  • Setting redirects for a document: the To field must contain the machine name.  To find the machine name for a document do to the document page and go into edit mode. The URL now displays the machine name for you to copy and paste into the To field. (do not include the /edit text)
machine name for URL