How to Redirect a Website to a New URL with WordPress
Do you have a blog or website that you’ve been thinking about updating? Maybe you’ve got a few posts that you feel could use a little facelift before you publish them. Or maybe you just want to make sure that every time someone goes to your site, they automatically get directed to the most current version.
If so, you’re in luck because the perfect tool for the job is right here. We’re going to walk you through the process of redirecting a website with WordPress. Even if you’re not familiar with WordPress, you’ll have no trouble following along. So let’s get started.
Step One: Setting Up the Redirection
The first step is to set up the redirection. If you’re new to WordPress, you’ll find the instructions for this process in your WordPress dashboard. Just click on Settings in the top right corner and you’ll see the drop-down menu for SEO and settings. From here you can click on Settings again to get to the General Settings page. Here you’ll want to enter the new URL for your blog or website. Don’t worry about the redirect_to value at this point because you’ll be overwriting that value later on during the configuration process.
Once you’ve entered the URL for your new blog or site, you can click on Save Changes to finalize the redirect.
Step Two: Configuring the Redirection
Now that the redirection is set up, you’ll need to configure it. For this step, you’ll want to navigate to your new URL via the WordPress dashboard. But before you get there, you’ll first need to log back in to your original site. From the login page, click on the username link in the upper right corner to go to your profile. Then from your profile page, click on the gear icon in the top right corner to bring up the Options menu. Here you’ll want to click on Reading to go to the Reading page. Finally, on the Reading page, scroll to the bottom and you’ll see three links at the very bottom of the page. These are the WordPress admin area, the WordPress login page, and the WordPress dashboard. You’re now back at your original site’s dashboard. From here, click on the gear icon in the top right corner again to bring up the Options menu. Then click on SEO to go to the SEO Settings page.
Here you’ll want to make sure that the canonical URL is set to your new blog or website’s URL and that the description and keywords are correct for each article. You can also set up posts to automatically publish on certain days or at a certain time. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can schedule automatic posts to publish at certain times throughout the year.
Step Three: Testing the Redirection
Finally, you can test the redirection by browsing to your new URL from your dashboard. If everything is set up correctly, you should be redirected to the blog or website you’ve recently updated. If you’ve done everything correctly up until this point, you’ll see the site name and design for your new blog or website in the address bar of your browser. When navigating to your new URL, you should see several blog posts from your original site. If everything is configured correctly, you can publish your new posts on your new site without any problems.
That’s it! You now have a functioning blog or website that you’ve updated and can start growing your audience immediately. If you’ve followed along and done everything correctly, you should see the results of your efforts within minutes. If you have any questions or run into any issues, you can always search for help online or contact us via our Help Center.
With just a few steps, you can easily set up a new blog or website using WordPress. If you’ve got a WordPress-related question, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our FAQs or ask us directly via our Contact page. Thanks for reading!