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How do I set up redirects?

Updated on February 22nd, 2022

Flywheel supports redirects from the simple to the complex. The method used can vary based on your needs, so check out the options outlined below.

Warning

Because Flywheel does not utilize .htaccess files, placing redirect directives in an .htaccess file will have no effect. More information can be found in this help article: Do you support .htaccess files?

Table of Contents:

1. Flywheel’s default redirect behavior
2. App-based redirects
3. Plugin-based redirects
4. Server-side redirects


Flywheel’s default redirect behavior

Flywheel automatically redirects what we call secondary domains to the site’s primary domain, including the full URL path.

This is perfect if you simply want to redirect one domain to another. For example:

secondarydomain.com > primarydomain.com

or

secondarydomain.com/blog > primarydomain.com/blog


App-based redirects

You can configure redirects right from the Flywheel dashboard. This is the preferred method for most Flywheel customers.

To learn more, check out this help article: How to add site redirects from the Flywheel dashboard


Plugin based redirects

Simple redirects – for example, redirecting one page to a different page – can be set up using the Redirection plugin. Using a plugin allows you to manage the redirects directly from your WordPress admin area. plugin The Redirection plugin even allows you to specify a regular expression (regex) for the source url, so you can redirect entire groups of pages at once.

For more information and complete instructions on setting up the Redirection plugin, visit the developer’s website.


Server-side redirects

For more complex redirects or redirects that involve static files, Flywheel support can enable the redirects for you. Simply submit a support ticket with a list of the redirects that you’d like enabled.

This is ideal for complex redirects and rewrites, such as those required by certain themes and plugins. This method also works best for sites migrated from other blogging platforms like Blogger, which utilize .html in their URLs.


Still need help?

If you have questions about any of the redirect methods, don’t hesitate to contact Flywheel support. We’d be happy to help!

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