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Jesse Commandeur

Jesse Commandeur

Content & Authority Specialist

Why and when is a redirect file important? ‍

When you need to keep server and website files onder, it's important to keep everything organised. Redirect files are a great way to ensure that users can access your site even if the address changes. With a redirect file, you can create a list of all your website addresses so that visitors can still find pages if they move to a different URL. Read more about the redirect file soon. 

What is a redirect file?

A redirect file is a file containing a list of URLs used as redirects. Redirects are used when you want to change the location of a URL. They will send users to the new location. You can create a redirect file in a number of ways. For example, you can use a plain text editor like Notepad or Microsoft Word. The redirect file usually uses 301 redirects. These are permanent redirects. Is something being moved temporarily? Then you can also use the 302 redirects or 307 redirects. The simplest redirects are when websites only have a migration of HTTP to HTTPS and keep the same CMS and server.

Why do you need a redirect file?

We create redirect files mainly for SEO migrations, when a website - or part of a website - is moved. We set up a redirect file as the urls of pages. This can be done, for example, when a name is changed, or when a redesign is carried out. A redirect file is the easiest way to redirect old links to the new ones. It is also useful to ensure that your site is always up and running, even if the server goes temporarily offline.

When is a redirect file useful?

A redirect file is a good way to redirect visitors to a new site. This is useful when URLs on your website change. It is also useful when your server goes offline temporarily. If the server goes offline, the redirect file will send visitors to another page until your server is back online. Once you know how to create a redirect file, it is not very difficult. We always create our redirect files in SEO migrations using Excel or Google Spreadsheets. Are you looking for SEO advice? Then quickly visit our SEO advice page and find out what we can do for you. Want to know more about indexing websites in search engines? Then also read the knowledge base article: Understanding how Google indexes your website.

Need SEO advice? Get in touch with us!

Creating a redirect file is only a small onder part of the work of the SEO specialist. Would you like us to give you SEO advice, for example for a website migration? Then take a quick look at our SEO services page. Besides technical SEO knowledge, we also employ experienced content and link-building specialists at SEO agency Onder. Wondering what we can do for you? Then do a live Live SEO analysis, or directly request a SEO audit to. 



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