The Redirects tool let you add virtual URLs (or paths) to your solution. Provided the path does not actually exist on your solution, the 404-handler on your IIS server will then redirect the request to the link you provided.
The Redirects tool is meant for simple setups - in more advanced scenarios please create your redirects directly in the web.config or IIS.
Please note, that if a page with the same path as the virtual URL exists, no redirect will happen as you will not activate the 404-handler. The IIS server must be set up to resend 404 to the Dynamicweb 404-handler (Admin/Public/404.aspx).
To set up redirects go to Settings > Web and Http > Redirects (Figure 1.1).
To add a redirect click Add in the toolbar and configure the redirect (Figure 1.2).
You must do the following:
- Provide a virtual path – e.g. news, in which case the path will be www.mydomain.com/news
- Provide a link to redirect visitors to when they try to access the path
- (Optional) Select the website you want the direct path to apply to - this requires that all websites have unique domains and that the checkbox 'The selected domains can only reach this website' is set to true on all websites.
- Select a status code for the virtual path:
- 200 OK to keep the virtual path in the address bar
- 301 Moved Permanently to redirect to the new URL and inform the search engine of the permanent move
- 302 to redirect to the new URL and inform the search engine that the move is temporary. Rarely used.
You can deactivate or activate the redirect using the Active checkbox.
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