Q: I am a WordPress user and I’d like to redirect pages or posts at my website either temporarily or permanently. I’ve heard about redirect plugins. Do you have one you recommend?
A: Yes, Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin by Anadet.
I’ve tried a few redirect plugins. I like that this one allows you to configure the redirect directly from within the page or post when in the edit mode.
Redirecting pages at a website, either temporarily or permanently, is not an uncommon need. It’s part of effectively and properly managing a website.
For example, you might have a page with a special offer that it “only good for 10 days.” It might be a promotion you run from time to time, but not all the time.
In this case, you’d want to redirect the page when the promotion is over instead of deleting the page and recreating it each time you want to use the special offer.
Redirection is also a BEST PRACTICE related to search engine optimization (SEO).
When a page URL changes, often when a website is updated or rebuilt/redesigned, you should tell Google that the old page (url) is now at a new page (url). Technically speaking, this is known as a 301 redirect. Redirection can easily be done with a redirect plugin. An alternative redirect methodology involves using a HTACCESS file. This should only be used by someone with solid technical and programming skills.
When choosing a WordPress plugin there are two important considerations.
(1) It should be widely used.
(2) It should have a good rating (4+).
It should be regularly updated and compatible with the most recent version of WordPress.
I also generally avoid plugins that are new (less than 6 months old).
A couple final notes, based on my personal experience.
Avoid using multiple redirection plugins. I’ve had trouble with this. Most redirection tools don’t play well with each other.
Also, WordPress plugins, even those widely used and with good ratings, may cause problems at your WordPress website based on your theme, other plugins, or a variety of other factors.
Make sure you have a good backup of your WordPress website before installing and activating any new plugins.
You’ll find the Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin by Anadet in the WordPress plugin repository.