Redirects

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).

Figure 1.1 Redirects

To add a redirect click Add in the toolbar and configure the redirect (Figure 1.2).

Figure 1.2 Creating a redirect

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.

Database

These are the database tables associated with the Direct Paths feature:

UrlPath

Contains setup data for direct paths.

Field name Data type Length
UrlPathId int 4
UrlPathPath nvarchar 255
UrlPathRedirect nvarchar 255
UrlPathStatus int 4
UrlPathCreated datetime 8
UrlPathUpdated datetime 8
UrlPathActive bit 1
UrlPathAreaId int 4
UrlPathVisitsCount int 4