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HOW TO: Set up .htaccess redirect

Last modified: March 31, 2021
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Here is a step-by-step guide to set up .htaccess redirect:

1) Firstly, SETUP A REDIRECT.

  • log in to your Just Host cPanel account.
  • Click on the Redirects icon, which is located in the Domains section of the cPanel.

2) Then, CHOOSE 301 OR 302 REDIRECT.

  • From the Type menu, choose which type of redirect to use.
  • Permanent 301 redirects will update the visitor’s bookmarks and direct search engines to the new site.
  • Temporary 302 redirects will redirect the visitor or search engine, but will not update the bookmark and the search engine will continue to index to the original page.
  • Choose “Redirect 301” for a permanent redirect and “Redirect 302” for a temporary redirect. By default, the system will choose “Redirect 302”, if it is not otherwise specified.

3) After that, SET URL TO REDIRECT.

  • From the drop-down menu, choose your domain name you would like to redirect.
  • If you would like to redirect a single page or directory; just use the text field following the drop-down menu to enter the file name or folder name. 

4) Next, ENTER DESTINATION URL.

  • In the “redirects to ->” text field, please enter the full URL of the page you will be redirected to 
  • Enter the protocol as well, e.g. http://, https:// or ftp://

5) And afterwards, SELECT WWW REDIRECT OPTIONS.

  • Select whether you will be redirecting www. or not.
  • “Only redirect with www.” option will only redirect visitors that use www. as their part of the URL
  • “Redirect with or without www.” option will redirect all visitors.
  • “Do Not Redirect www.” option will not redirect visitors that use www. as their part of the URL
6) Last but not least, use the WILD CARD REDIRECT.
  • if you would like to redirect to the same file at the new destination, click the “Wild Card Redirect’ 
  • For example, from WWW.EXAMPLE.COM REDIRECTS to
    WWW.EXAMPLE-DESTINATION.COM
  • With “Wild Card Redirect”, www.example.com/about.html will redirect to www.example-destination.com/about.html
  • Without “Wild Card Redirect, www.example.com/about.html will redirect to www.example-destination.com
  • Create the redirect by clicking on the “Add” button 
  • If you are not hosting with us, or only have a domain name, you will need to redirect your domain name by updating the DNS.

You have done setting up the .htaccess redirect. For more articles, you can visit Knowledge Base.

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