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Guides: Redirect a guide or page to a different URL

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A redirect allows you to automatically navigate a visitor to a different URL when they visit a guide or individual page. Here are some examples of how they can come in handy: 

  • You created a newer version of a guide. By setting a redirect on the older guide, you can make sure folks are redirected automatically to the new one -- avoiding "Page not found" errors if someone attempts to use the old guide's URL.
  • You want the same guide to show up under two user's profiles. Because guides cannot have co-owners, you could create a second guide for the co-author, which redirects to the actual guide. That way, the guide shows up under that person's profile, but links to the actual guide.

Add a redirect URL to an entire guide

When you add a Redirect URL to a guide, visitors to that guide (and any of its pages) will be redirected to that URL instead of seeing the guide.

Please note that you will not be able to edit a guide's content while a redirect is in place. Although you will be able to view the guide's Edit page and make changes to its settings or publishing status, page content will not be editable until the guide redirect is removed.
  1. While editing your guide, click on the Guide Information () button.
  2. Select Redirect URL from the dropdown.

Selecting Redirect URL from the Guide Information menu

  1. In the Guide URL field, enter the destination URL.
    • Important: Do not add the current guide's URL to this field. If you do, the browser will not be able to load the guide. (It creates an infinite loop that can never be resolved.)
    • If you are redirecting to another guide, make sure that you are using the guide's public/friendly URL and that the guide is not unpublished. Otherwise, users won't be able to view it.
  2. Click the Save button.

Entering a redirect URL

  1. When a redirect URL is in place, an alert will appear at the top of each page of the guide.
    • Note: for a redirect URL to work, your guide must have a status of Published or Private.

Example of alert indicating a guide redirect is in place

Removing a redirect URL from a guide

To remove a redirect URL from a guide, repeat Steps 1-4 above. But, instead of entering a URL in Step 3, just make sure that the Guide URL field is empty before saving.


Add a redirect URL to a single page

A page redirect allows you to send users to a different URL when they click on that page in your guide's navigation (i.e. tab or side-nav). This is an easy way to link to other related guides, your library website, or any other URL, right from within your guide's navigation menu. For example, you could add a page to your Psychology subject guide titled "APA Citation Guide". You could add a redirect URL to that page so that, when a user clicks on it, they will be taken to your guide on that topic.

  1. While editing your guide, click on the page you want to customize in your guide's navigation menu (i.e. tabs or side-navigation).
  2. Click on the  Page menu, which is located next to the Page URL above your guide's content columns.
  3. Select Redirect URL from the dropdown.

Selecting Redirect URL from the Page dropdown

  1. In the Redirect URL field, enter the full URL (including the http(s)://) to the page you're linking to.
    • If you are linking to another guide, make sure you are using the guide's public URL and that the guide's status is Published or Private.
    • If you are linking to an external website, keep in mind that redirect URLs are not included in the LibGuides link checker. 
  2. If you would like to open this link in a new browser window or tab, select the New Window checkbox.
  3. Click on the Save button. A blue alert message will appear at the top of the page letting you know that a redirect URL is in place.

Adding a redirect URL to a page

Remove a redirect URL from a page

To remove a redirect URL from a page, simply repeat the steps above. Except, for Step 4, delete the URL so that the Redirect URL field is empty when saving.