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How to Create a URL Redirect

The Redirects tool in cPanel will allow you to redirect your website's visitors from a source URL to a target URL.

Warning: Never create a redirect for domain.com to www.domain.com or from domain.com to domain.com/index.something. Doing either will cause an infinite loop. If you need to control the www and index page, you must use mod_rewrite by adding .htaccess code. 

How to Set Up a Redirect

You may find some links below that will redirect you to your cPanel and its features provided that the following conditions are met:
  • You are logged into your Customer Portal. You can also log in after clicking the link.
  • The hosting package you are attempting to access is either a Shared or Cloud.
  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Under the Domains section, click the Redirects icon.

    cPanel's Redirects

  3. From the Type drop-down menu, select your preferred type of redirect.

     cPanel - Redirects - Type of Redirects

    • Permanent 301 is a redirect that will update the visitor's bookmarks and direct search engines to the new site. 
    • Temporary 302 is a redirect that will redirect the visitor or search engine but will not update the bookmark, and search engines will continue to index to the original page.
  4. From the https?://(www.)? drop-down menu, choose the domain name you would like to redirect.

     cPanel - Redirects - Choose Domain

    • If you would like to redirect a single page or directory, you can use the text field that begins with the forward-slash (/) to enter the name of the folder or file.
  5. In the Redirects to field, enter the full URL of the page to which you will be redirecting.

     cPanels - Redirects To

    Note: You must enter the protocol (e.g. https://, http:// or ftp://) as well in order for the domain URL to be accepted.
  6. Select one of the following www. redirection options to dictate whether or not the domain will be redirecting:

     cPanel - Redirects - Wildcard Redirect

    • Only redirect with www. will only redirect visitors that type www. as part of the URL.
    • Redirect with or without www. will redirect all visitors regardless if they use www. or not.
    • Do Not Redirect www. will not redirect visitors that use www. as part of the URL.
  7. Clicking the Wild Card Redirect option allows users to set up a redirect to the same file on a new destination.
    • With Wild Card Redirect, www.example.com/about.html will redirect to www.example-destination.com/about.html
    • Without Wild Card Redirect, www.example.com/about.html will redirect to www.example-destination.com
  8. Click Add to create the redirect as specified.

Now, when visitors type the exact URL that you specified, they will be redirected to the target site you assigned.