Creating page redirects

Updated on 20-October-2016 at 10:16 AM

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In this article we will go over a few methods of creating page redirects in Business Catalyst ranging from creating basic 301 redirects to using javascript if you need to redirect the site visitors based on certain conditions (country code, the URL and so on).

Create a basic page redirect

This method is best suited if you need to redirect existing pages. For example if the page you are working on is not ready just yet and you need to send the user to a generic "Under maintenance" page.

  1. Select Site Manager > Pages and open the page from which to redirect visitors.
  2. Click More Options and specify the destination URL in the 301 Redirect text box. You can also specify another page or a module in your site by clicking the Browse link.
  3. Click Update.


Business Catalyst creates permanent 301 redirects. A 301 redirect sends both visitors and search engine crawlers to the new URL.

Manage page redirects

This method is mostly used when you need to redirect several URLs. Unlike the first method this is faster to work with and you can create 301 redirects for pages that do not exist on your site.

  1. Select Site Manager > URL Redirects
  2. From this panel you can Edit, Disable\Enable or Delete multiple page redirects at a time

Import page redirects

This method is mostly used when you need to quickly import a large number of page redirects to your website:

  1. Select Site Manager > Pages > URL Redirects, and then click Import URL Redirects.
  2. Click Download Import Template and save the downloaded spreadsheet on your computer.
  3. Fill in the spreadsheet with source URLs in the first column and corresponding destination URLs in the second column.
  4. Save the spreadsheet as a .csv or .tab file.
  5. Back on the Business Catalyst page from step 1, click the Browse button and select the .csv or .tab file on your computer.
  6. Click Next.

    If the file has errors, an error message appears. Fix the errors in the file and try importing it again. If you don't have any errors, an import preview page appears.

  7. Click the Import button to import your redirects.

Javascript-based page redirects

You can insert javascript snippets on your page and redirect users based on certain conditions, for example the URL they are using or the visitor's country code (you can use the {module_visitorcountrycode } module to get a visitor's 2 letter country code).

Please see the Troubleshooting web page redirects article for an example and other troubleshooting info.

Known limitations

Creating redirects only works for files with the following extension: ".htm", ".html", ".shtml", ".asp", ".cfm", ".php", ".jsp", or when no extension is set.