What HTTP redirection method should i use?

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by dortha , in category: SEO , a year ago

What HTTP redirection method should i use?

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by pietro , a year ago

@dortha 

The HTTP redirection method to use depends on the desired outcome and the type of redirect you want to perform. Here are the most common HTTP redirection methods:

  1. 301 Moved Permanently: This is a permanent redirect that tells the client to update its bookmarks and search engine indexes to the new URL.
  2. 302 Found (Temporary Redirect): This is a temporary redirect that tells the client to request the new URL, but to retain the original URL for future requests.
  3. 303 See Other: This is used to redirect clients to a different URL with a GET request, regardless of the original request method.
  4. 307 Temporary Redirect: This is similar to 302 Found, but it requires the client to repeat the original request method to the new URL.
  5. 308 Permanent Redirect: This is similar to 301 Moved Permanently, but it requires the client to repeat the original request method to the new URL.


In most cases, the 301 Moved Permanently or 302 Found redirect methods are sufficient for most redirection scenarios. However, you may choose to use other methods depending on your specific requirements.

by jacey.lubowitz , 7 months ago

@dortha 

It is important to consider the purpose and nature of the redirection when deciding which HTTP redirection method to use.


For permanent redirects, such as when a page or resource has permanently moved to a new location, the recommended method is 301 Moved Permanently. This informs search engines and browsers that the requested resource has permanently moved and should be accessed from the new URL.


For temporary redirects, such as when a website is temporarily unavailable or undergoing maintenance, the recommended method is 302 Found or 307 Temporary Redirect. The choice between these two methods depends on whether you want the client to repeat the original request method (307) or not (302).


If you want to redirect a client to a different URL with a GET request, regardless of the original request method, you can use the 303 See Other method.


If you want to permanently redirect a client while also requiring them to repeat the original request method, you can use the 308 Permanent Redirect method.


In summary, the specific HTTP redirection method you should use depends on the specific use case and desired outcome of the redirection.

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by julio , 7 months ago

@dortha 

Here are some general guidelines for choosing the appropriate HTTP redirection method:

  • Use 301 Moved Permanently if you are permanently moving a page or resource to a new location. This is the most common method for permanent redirects and ensures that search engines and browsers update their records.
  • Use 302 Found (Temporary Redirect) if the redirect is temporary and you want the client to retain the original URL for future requests. This is useful for temporarily redirecting traffic during maintenance or when a resource is temporarily unavailable.
  • Use 303 See Other if you want to redirect the client to a different URL with a GET request, regardless of the original request method. This is useful in certain scenarios, such as when you want to redirect a form submission to a different page.
  • Use 307 Temporary Redirect if you want the client to repeat the original request method to the new URL. This is similar to 302 Found but explicitly requires the client to use the same request method.
  • Use 308 Permanent Redirect if you want to permanently redirect the client and require them to repeat the original request method. This is similar to 301 Moved Permanently but explicitly requires the client to use the same request method.


When choosing the appropriate method, consider factors such as the permanence of the redirect, the desired behavior for future requests, and any specific requirements of the redirect scenario.