Setting up a redirect in STORM

There are a number of places you can set up a redirect for a website. On most websites this is normally done via your sites .htaccess file. Sometimes they can also be set up in your websites CMS. And finally you can set up redirects in your servers control panel. 

STORM allows you to quickly set up various redirects depending on what you are looking to do from within your websites dashboard. 

There are two types of redirect that STORM allows you to set up:

301 Redirect – A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect to a new location.302 Redirect – A 302 redirect is a temporary redirect. This means that Google and other search engines will need to work out whether to keep the old page, or replace it with one found at the new location.

To find the redirects page log in STORM and navigate to your websites dashboard and click on Redirects in the left hand pane.

From the redirects page you can set up 3 types of redirect for your website:

HTTPS Redirect 

This is a simple toggle switch which when enabled will automatically redirect all traffic from HTTP (non-secure) to HTTPS (secure) using a permanent 301 redirect. This is useful for sites that do not already have a HTTP to HTTPS redirect set up in either the CMS or .htaccess. If your site already has a HTTP to HTTPS redirect configured then you may not want to enable this setting in STORM as it could lead to a redirect loop.

Website (Domain Name) Redirects 

This allows you to redirect a whole website to another using a permanent (301) or temporary (302) redirect. 

You may have a website called domain1.co.uk on which you want redirect all visitors to domain2.co.uk

To do this you would need to select domain1.co.uk from the drop down menu as the domain you are redirecting from. Then in the “To” field you would type in the domain that you want to redirect the website to. In this case it’s domain2.co.uk. Once you filled out the fields click the “Add Redirect” button and STORM.

This will redirect all requests from domain1.co.uk to domain2.co.uk via a standard 301 domain redirect. 

Please note this redirect will not maintain query paths. So going to domain1.co.uk/page1 will not take you to domain2.co.uk/page1. For this type of redirect we would suggest creating a custom rule in your sites .htaccess. 

For more information on how to do this please see the following .htaccess redirects guide here.

Page Redirects

This allows you to redirect individual pages on your website using a permanent (301) or temporary (302) redirect to another page, on the same website or another.

You may have the URL domain1.co.uk/contact-us where you want redirect all visitors to a new page on the site with the URL domain1.co.uk/contact

To do this you would need to fill select the “From Domain” form the dropdown box, fill out the “Page” field with the page you want to redirect from. Then in the “To” field type the full URL of the domain and page you want to redirect to. Then click the “Add Redirect” button. 

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