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301 Redirect WordPress Tutorial - How to fix 404 errors in WordPress

09-07-2022

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In this video tutorial, I will show you how to install a 301 redirect plugin, how to fix 404 errors and why it is important to set up 301 redirects when you remove a page from your WordPress website.

301 Redirect WordPress Tutorial - How to fix 404 errors in WordPress

301 Redirect Tutorial for WordPress  

If you are getting 404 errors on your website, this may be related to a page being deleted.

When you delete a page on WordPress it is important that you set up a 301 redirect.

This will tell search engines to redirect traffic from a deleted page to another specific page.

This will ensure website visitors have a better experience.

 

301 Redirect in WordPress

How to set up 301 redirects in WordPress


Steps for WordPress 301 Redirect Tutorial

Step 1 - Install 301 Redirect Plugin

  • Login into WordPress Dashboard.
  • Select Plugins from the left side navigation.
  • Select the "Add New" button.
  • Search for "301 Redirect".
  • Install the 301 Redirects – Easy Redirect Manager Plugin

Step 2 - Setup 301 Redirect Plugin

  • Go to the 301 Redirect Plugin Settings
  • Enter the Redirect From URL
  • Enter the Redirect To URL
  • Select the Save button

Step 2 - Test 301 Redirect

  • Open your web browser
  • Enter the Redirect From URL into the address bar
  • Check the "From URL" redirect to the "To URL" entered in the previous step

WordPress 301 Redirects FAQs

Why set up 301 redirects?

When you remove a page or blog post from your business website, it is important that search engines know where to redirect the website visitor.

If you do not set up a 301 redirect then your website will show a 404 error page not found.

Setting up 301 redirects is super simple using a WordPress 301 redirect plugin.

Do I need to purchase a plugin?

You only need to buy a pro version of a 301 redirect plugin if you are planning on setting up many 301 redirects.

You can use the free version of 301 Redirects – Easy Redirect Manager if you only need to set up 1 - 100 redirects.

How do I fix a 404 error?

In most cases, a 404 error (Page not found) will show if you have deleted or disabled a previously published page.

Before you delete or disable a page, you should set up a 301 redirect to void a 404 error.

If you are still seeing a 404 error:

  • Try to clear the cache if you have a caching plugin installed.
  • Contact your website developers to investigate the error further.
  • Speak to your hosting company and check if there is a server-related problem.


Article by Pankaj Shah: DCP Web Design London


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