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A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect that informs search engines and web browsers that the requested URL has moved permanently to a new location.
This redirect is useful when you want to preserve SEO value and ensure that visitors are automatically directed to the updated URL.
It is ideal for situations like website restructuring or changing domain names.
You can conveniently set up 301 redirects through Hostney's Control Panel, ensuring a smooth transition for your users.
A 302 redirect is a temporary redirect that indicates the requested URL has temporarily moved to a different location.
Unlike the 301 redirect, it does not transfer SEO value, and search engines may continue to index the original URL.
Use a 302 redirect when you intend to return to the original URL after a certain period, such as during a temporary maintenance or testing phase.
With Hostney's Control Panel, you can easily configure 302 redirects for any temporary changes you wish to make.
Choosing the Right Redirect
Selecting the appropriate redirect is crucial to ensure a smooth user experience and maintain search engine rankings.
For permanent changes, opt for the 301 redirect to seamlessly redirect users and pass SEO authority to the new URL.
On the other hand, if the change is temporary, utilize Hostney's Control Panel to employ the 302 redirect. This will avoid any lasting effects on SEO and allow for an easy return to the original URL when needed.
If you want to learn more about 301 redirects and how you can manage them in WordPress, check out our guide on 301 Redirects.