Why is redirection important for your site?
If you ever moved content around from one site to another or moved WordPress to a new domain, you are probably going to encounter broken links, 404 errors or missing and corrupt content.
This experience frustrates your visitors, makes your site look unprofessional and is a risk to your site and business. Redirect problems are bound to come about and it is very important to manage and control them.
Redirects are crucial in providing a good user experience and handling expired references to your site content from around the web. Redirects also streamline the process of moving from one domain to another. Also, instead of deleting old or unwanted content, you can simply redirect it to your homepage address to make your site look nice and clean and provide a smooth browsing experience for your visitors.
Finally, redirects have an important SEO purpose. Broken links can really hurt your page rankings, and you don’t want that to happen.
There are several types of redirects.
The 301 redirect is the most basic example of a redirect, and it is also the most preferable option for both sites and search engines alike. Most of the time, the 301 redirect is the best method for redirection on your site.
The 302, 303 and 307 redirects are temporary redirects. They are mostly used in special cases and credit card transactions.
It is highly recommended that you use a redirect plugin for WordPress, in order to avoid conflicts between different plugins that offer similar redirecting solutions.
Now that you know the basics of redirection and why it is very important for your site to handle redirects, let’s move on to showcase some of the best redirecting plugins for your WordPress site since they are invaluable.
1. Yoast SEO Premium
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular and highly rated WordPress plugins. It offers a large amount of features that provide an all-in-one way of managing your WordPress site. It is crucial for big sites, but also very important and handy for smaller websites as well.
With more than 32 million downloads and with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars on the free version, it is definitely one of the most popular and indispensable WordPress plugins.
We will be focusing on reviewing the Premium version of the plugin, because among other very important features, it provides you with a Redirect Manager.
Some of the very important features and tools that the Yoast SEO Premium gives you are Post titles and meta descriptions, Robots meta configuration, Content analysis, Canonical, Breadcrumbs, Permalink cleanup, XML Sitemaps, RSS Enhancements, Multiple focus keywords, Social previews and many, many more.
For the full list of features and details on what they provide for your site, check the Yoast SEO feature list on their website.
We will be focusing on their Redirect Manager feature.
The Redirect manager is a very powerful tool designed to help you solve common redirect issues as well as allowing you to easily create and manage redirects from within your WordPress.
The Redirect manager has a very easy to use and intuitive user interface, the plugin will ask you directly what you’d like to do with old or deleted URL’s as well as provide you with the most common solutions and options for redirecting. It also features automatic notifications.
The best feature of this plugin, however, is the Google Webmaster Tools integration, which will save you a lot of time and effort.
Yoast SEO Premium has several pricing option, starting from 69$ for a single site, but it is definitely worth the money. In addition to all of the features and tools mentioned above, this plugin also provides you with handy video tutorials and live support.
With over half a million downloads and an average user rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, Redirection is one of the most popular plugins to help you manage redirects.
Redirection is a very useful plugin that helps you manage 301 redirections, helps you keep track of 404 errors, helps you migrate pages from an old website, helps you in the process of changing the directory of your WordPress installation as well as tidying up any loose ends your site may have.
Redirection is fully localized and some of the features that it offers are automatic 301 redirections, Full regular expression support, redirecting access for index.php, index.html and index.htm.
The plugin gives you redirection statistics so you know how many times redirections occur on your site, as well as when it happened and who tried to do it.
One of the best features of this plugin is definitely the new 404 error monitoring feature which captures a log of 404 errors on your site and allows you to easily map those to 301 redirects.
Most of the work this plugin does is automatic, so even WordPress beginners can easily solve their redirect problems and 404 errors by using this awesome plugin.
3. Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin
The Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin, with over 200 thousand downloads and a very high 4.7 out of 5 stars user rating is yet another very popular redirect plugin.
It offers most of the redirecting features that other redirect plugins do, but what makes this plugin unique, is that it’s divided into two major functionalities.
Those two are Quick redirects and Individual redirects. The two easy to use functionalities are divided based on whether the pages/posts are newly created or already existing.
Quick redirect is an easy to use functionality for 301 redirects, you don’t need an existing page or post to add one. You simply put the request URL and the destination URL and the plugin will automatically redirect it. This functionality is versatile, allowing you to fix typos when a page or post is created, or redirecting old URL’s to new ones so you don’t get those pesky 404 errors and it also helps with converting old sites to WordPress or to a new domain.
Individual redirect is intended for pages or posts that already exist. You can easily specify the location and the type of redirect via the option meta box in the edit screen that the plugin creates for you. This functionality has many usages with duplicate posts, menu items or simply redirecting pages to your site or a different location.
Additional features of this plugin include, but are not limited to, WordPress navigation menus implementation, WordPress custom post types implementation, redirecting pages or menu items to open in a new window, rewriting URL’s for redirects in order to take the place of the original one, redirecting to a full URL path, page or post ID, permalink or page slug, setting global overrides through the Option screen, displaying summaries for all redirected pages and posts, plugin cleanup functions, helper functions and many, many more.
4. SEO Redirection
SEO Redirection is a plugin focusing on simplicity and allowing user of all skill levels to easily handle their redirecting needs.
With over 60 thousand downloads and a very high, 4.8 out of 5 stars average user rating, SEO Redirection is a plugin with very positive user reviews.
This plugin can set up all kinds of redirect types as well as handle 404 error pages that occur with redirect problems or broken links. Redirects are done with one mouse click, showing that this plugin is focused on simplicity and ease of use.
Some of the key features of the free version of the plugin are the support of wildcard redirection, usage of regular expressions in the redirections, redirecting entire folders and all of its content, monitoring 404 error pages and redirecting them, detailed history of redirections, an advanced control panel to use the plugins features and many more.
This plugin has a very friendly graphical user interface and is very easy to use.
The paid, SEO Redirection Premium version of the plugin, priced 29$ for a regular license, has all of the features of the free version plus much, much more.
It features organization of a large number of redirects with the usage of redirect groups, boosting redirection speed and performance with the Redirect Cache feature, supports all post types with the capability of activating and deactivating any post type, it supports Regular Expressions as well as adds 404 error and General rules, features automatic redirections, supports WordPress MU installation and much, much more.
All of these features are wrapped into a modern, attractive UI design based on Bootstrap.
5. WP GeoIP Country Redirect
The WordPress GeoIP Country Redirect plugin is a unique one since it not only implements the standard redirect features that most other redirect plugins already do, but it also allows you to automatically redirect your visitors based on their country or other rules that you can define through this plugin.
This has lots of useful implementations for your site.
Maybe you want visitors from the United States to be redirected to a specific URL, while all other traffic to be redirected elsewhere.
Maybe your site is translated in different languages and you want to automatically redirect visitors from certain countries to the localized, translated version of your site.
This plugin features a dropdown menu for adding specific redirect rules, making this plugin very versatile when it comes to different redirecting needs.
Mass redirect is another very useful feature with which you can automatically redirect unwanted traffic by using a mass redirect rule, you can also define the redirect page for all countries that don’t have a specific redirect rule applied to them.
A Plugin Admin Panel is also included which has a logging feature to monitor errors and latest activity as well as rules history.
Priced at just 14$, this plugin is a great way to solve your specific redirecting needs linked to the geo-location of your visitors.
Whether you’re an experienced WordPress user managing several sites or a beginner setting up his first blog page, we guarantee you will encounter problems with 404 errors, bad or expired redirects and many other redirect problems that will give you a headache.
Managing and solving these problems is crucial and you will definitely want to start using one of the plugins that we showcased for you in this article.
If you’re an advanced user or have a lot of sites to manage, you’d definitely want to look at some of the premium WordPress redirect plugin options, such as Yoast SEO Premium or SEO Redirection Premium.
Whatever plugin you choose to use, make sure it fits your needs.