When you move, rename or delete a page, people who visit the old page URL (by following a link, saved bookmark or search result) see a ‘page not found’ message, which is frustrating.
Forwarding pages ensure that visitors to an old page URL are forwarded to the new page URL. For example, when you move a page, the forwarding page sits at the old URL and forwards visitors to the new location.
Forwarding pages also forward visitors from sub-pages of the old page to the new location. Imagine you move:
…and you select the checkbox Forward requests for
/page-a/old/ on to the new address.
Any visitors to
/page-a/old/ are automatically forwarded to
/page-a/new/ as expected. Also, visitors to:
…are forwarded to:
Alternatively, you can create a forwarding page manually. This is particularly useful when you delete a page and you want to forward visitors to an appropriate alternative page located elsewhere.
Restrictions on manually creating forwarding pages
- There must not be an existing page with the same name as the proposed forwarding page
- The target page must exist
- The target page must not be a forwarding page
How to create a forwarding page
- Browse to the parent page beneath which you want to create a forwarding page.
- Go to Edit > More > Sub-pages tab. You'll see a list of sub-pages.
- Scroll to the bottom of the Sub-pages tab. Select one of the following buttons:
- Create a forwarding page – (this is displayed when no forwarding pages exist yet)
- Switch to forwarding pages view – (this is displayed when forwarding pages exist)
If you selected Switch to forwarding pages in the previous step, you should now see a list of existing forwarding pages. Select the Create new forwarding page button:
- In the URL field, enter the name of the forwarding page.
- In the Target page field, enter the URL of the page you want to forward visitors to, without the
http://www2.warwick.ac.ukpart. Alternatively, use the page picker to browse to the appropriate page.
- If you want visitors to forward to the target page only – i.e. for the forwarding to ignore any sub-pages – select the checkbox Always go to the target page.
- Select the Create new forwarding page button. The forwarding page is created and you see a confirmation message.
If you want a forwarding page that forwards from a SiteBuilder page to an external page – i.e. a page URL that does not starting with
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk – please contact webteam at warwick dot ac dot uk for assistance.
Email webteam at warwick dot ac dot uk
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