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How do I request a Go address?

Go.Warwick is the University's service to make shorter, more consistent web addresses redirect to another address in SiteBuilder. Once you have a Go address you can cite it as:

warwick.ac.uk/somewhere

Members of staff can request new Go addresses and edit their own existing Go addresses at any time.

To request a Go address, go to Go.Warwick.ac.uk.

Click the Create new redirect tab. You will see the Request New Redirect screen:

Request new redirect form

Enter the name of the Go address you want to use in the warwick.ac.uk/ text box. Use only lower-case letters, numbers or underscores. For example, entering spinozagroup will request the redirect:

warwick.ac.uk/spinozagroup

Go addresses should not be too general or ambiguous. For example, we're unlikely to approve requests such as /video for a specific video clip relating to a course, because it would appear to be a general University video service to users. However, a request such as /physicsvideo or /electronvideo would probably be fine.

Enter a brief description of the page you wish to redirect to in the Description text box. For example, “Homepage for the Spinoza Reading Group”.

Select whether or not the page you wish to redirect to is a SiteBuilder page. You can tell by checking the URL (web address) – all SiteBuilder page URLs start with http://www2.warwick.ac.uk.

Enter the URL of the page you wish to redirect to. For example:

https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/research/activities/postkantian/

If it is a SiteBuilder page you can use the page picker tool to select the page. If it is not a SiteBuilder page you need to paste or type the URL into the text box. You must enter a web page (not a PDF or other type of file). You cannot use a page which does not exist yet, is empty or has restricted view permissions.

We won't accept multiple Go addresses all pointing to the same page.

When users start typing a word into the search box at the top right of any SiteBuilder page, suggestions appear:

Website suggestions when searching using keyword "open"

If you want your Go address included in these suggestions ensure you select the Visible in Go.Suggest box checkbox. If you do not want your Go address to appear in the suggestions, unselect the box.

Click the Request new redirect button.

Your request will be sent to the Web Team to ensure it meets all the relevant criteria. Once this process is completed you will receive an email to tell you whether or not your request for a Go address is successful. This can take a few days.

If you are successful you will see the Go address, and any others you have created, by browsing to Go.Warwick.ac.uk and viewing the My redirects tab. You can also edit your Go addresses here (although you cannot change their names).

The major advantage of a Go address is that it's much shorter than the normal address of a web page. You should always use this shorter address on printed material so it's more legible and easier for people to remember.

Another advantage of a Go address is that the web address it points to can be edited, while the name of the Go address stays the same. This means any printed material quoting the Go address will not become obsolete. However, please bear in mind that all Go addresses must be approved before they become live. Always wait until we have notified you of a Go address approval before quoting the Go address in any printed material.

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