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How To Redirect One Page Of A Website To A New Domain

I recently came across an issue where one of our clients wanted to redirect only one page of their website to a different domain. This type of redirect did seem to be under-documented on the internet, because as hard as I looked (about 2 minutes), I couldn’t find a semi-recent blog post for this specific issue.

So I thought that when I find out what the solution is, I’m going to write it myself, so here it is.

This one should be done in the .htaccess file of a website. For non-technical people, I highly recommend copying what’s already in the file to a notepad document, as a mistake could lead to the website going blank, which is obviously quite serious. If you do happen to make a mistake you can paste the original back in. If for some reason that doesn’t work or you are afraid that it won’t work, then you may want to invest in a daily backup of your website.

Solution

The example below would be used for the imaginary pages: http://www.current-website.co.uk/redirecting-page/ which will redirect to http://www.new-website.com/target-page/

Go into .htaccess file of the current website, and add this underneath “RewriteEngine On” so it contains something like this (obviously change this to what you need):

RewriteRule ^redirecting-page/$ http://www.new-website.com/target-page/ [R=301]

Notice how current-website.co.uk isn’t included, as you only need the path of the page, nothing else.

Also remember to include the whole URL for the target website including http:// and trailing slashes.

Another thing to remember is that if the redirecting page ends in .html you will need to replace the . with a backslash. So if the page was http://www.current-website.co.uk/redirecting-page.html, in the Rewrite Rule it will look like ^redirectingpage\.html$

I hope you are now able to redirect one page of your website to a new domain. Feel free to ask any questions if you need help.

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Andrew Hall

Andrew specialises in the more technical forms of SEO and performs other analysis-based tasks, such as Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools. Andrew is also training to be a web developer, through self-taught courses and creating websites on different platforms. His free time includes intense video game marathons and showing off his ability to eat food that other people would shy away from.

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