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301 Redirects


  1. Open up the redirects template (Documentation > 301 Redirects on the local server).
  2. Copy the URLs from the urlist.txt that you got from the sitemaps.
  3. Paste them into the template on the left side between “RewriteEngine On” and “# End 301 Redirects”.
  4. Now find the appropriate pairing on the new site and paste that URL in the New URL column. For example: https://example.com/about/ -> https://example.com/about-us/. (If no suitable replacement exists then redirect to the closest parent page or the home page).
  5. Once the right column is complete, select the urls in the left column and run a search and replace. Search for the url and change to “Redirect 301 ” with a space after a the 1. For example: https://example.com/about/ becomes Redirect 301 /about/.
  6. Now copy both columns starting with #Begin 301 Redirects and ending with #End 301 Redirects and paste this into the .htaccess file.
  7. Make sure there is only one space between the redirects in the .htaccess file (copying and pasting often adds multiple spaces here).
    For example: You might see Redirect 301 /about/     https://example.com/about-us/ after pasting.  You need to make sure the space after …/about/ is just one space before http… starts.
  8. Do not redirect the home page to the home page or you will create a loop.
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