Redirects

What are they?

We're trialling a new feature where CMS editors with admin level of access can now set up redirects in their own folder.

This allows you to create a short, more memorable and temporary web address redirects to pages deeper down in your website. 

You could set up a redirect:

  • To put on print material where there is limited space available
  • To use on a social media graphic
  • For a more memorable event web address or ticket link in the University online store

How to create a redirect

  1. In the CMS, go to the folder where you wish to locate the redirect, probably the top level of your website, e.g. www.sheffield.ac.uk/music
  2. Select Redirect from the Create a page dropdown
  3. Give the redirect a name. This is used to identify it in the folder list but won't be seen externally
  4. Choose a web address for the redirect. The first part, www.sheffield.ac.uk and the folder address where you are setting up the redirect (e.g. /music), will be already set. You choose the bit that appears after these which will form the end bit of the redirect
  5. Insert where you want the redirect to link to (important - see the guidance below about not linking to external websites)
  6. Press Insert
  7. Preview the redirect to check the link is working correctly
  8. If all is working OK, press publish

You can remove a redirect by:

  • Unpublishing it
  • Use the controls on the Meta information tab to set the 'off' time and date, after which it will stop appearing in the list

Note, clicking the red cross on the right-hand side of the redirect removes it from the folder list but does not stop it from working.

Things to consider

  • If you only need a redirect for a limited period, remember to set an 'off' time and date
  • Your redirect only works for the web address you specify. You can't use this feature to set up a single redirect that picks up a specified web addresses and also all below it
  • Even though it appears in the CMS folder list, a redirect is not an actual page on your website
  • A redirect doesn't appear in the navigation menu of the folder it sits in
  • Once you've used a web address for a redirect, the same web address can't be used for a page until you have renamed or removed the redirect
  • Don't link to a non-University-managed website from a University redirect. If someone visits a redirect web address that starts with www.sheffield.ac.uk/... then it is confusing if they are taken to a page on a non-University website. The third party website may also plant cookies or have a different privacy policy to the one that someone on our website had agreed to
  • You can't set up a redirect within a news folder
  • If you change or remove a redirect, the old one may continue to work for up to 10 minutes before the change kicks in
  • Put a note in your calendar as a reminder to unpublish and remove unwanted redirects
  • Regularly check all your redirects to review whether you still need them
  • If your website structure needs some attention then don't set up several redirects as an alternative to sorting this out properly