If you have a website that has been moved to a new domain, or if you want to force visitors of your old site to the new one, you may need to create an HTTP redirect. This is done with the help of an htaccess file. An htaccess file is an Apache configuration file that can be used to configure how Apache handles requests for files on your site. In this case, we will use it as a redirect tool.
In order to create a basic HTTP redirect with an htaccess file, follow these steps:
1) Create the .htaccess file in the root directory of your site and enter this code into it:
2) Copy and paste this code into your .htaccess file:
3) Save the file.
It is important for webmasters to be aware of the features that are built into a typical Htaccess generator. These features can have a major impact on your site's SEO and we will explore some of them in this article.
The redirect feature is one such example. The redirect feature allows you to automatically redirect visitors who arrive at your site through an outdated or broken link to another page by using the URL that they originally typed in. This can be very useful when you are updating your site, as it will keep any visitors who arrive at your old pages from getting frustrated and leaving without visiting any of the new pages that you have updated.
The rewrite rule feature is another common tool built into Htaccess generators which can help with SEO. The rewrite rule allows you to automatically replace a URL string with another string, which can be very helpful if there are some words in the original URL that you want to change or remove for whatever reason (for example, if there was a domain or company name in the URL that you don't want to appear anymore). In this example, we can replace "www.example.com" in the URL with "example.com" (note that we do not need to add "/").