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
- Log into cPanel.
- Under Domains, click the Redirects icon.
- From the Type drop-down menu, select which type of redirect is to be used.
- 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.
- From the https?://(www.)? drop-down menu, choose the domain name you would like to redirect.
- 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.
- In the Redirects to field, enter the full URL of the page to which you will be redirecting.
Note: You must enter the protocol (e.g. https://, http:// or ftp://) as well in order for the domain URL to be accepted.
- Select one of the following www. redirection options to dictate whether or not the domain will be redirecting:
- 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 .
- 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
- 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.