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[resolved] [Plugin: SEO Redirect 301s] Can I see how this works? (12 posts)

  1. Paul Martin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've been looking for a solution to be able to change my website's urls from:

    website.com/archives/19202

    to:

    website.com/article-title

    I've looked for a LONG long time. And so far, none of the solutions actually will take the user from the /archives/%post_id% to /%postname%/ no matter what I've tried. I usually just check really quickly to see if the /archives/%post_id% link actually re-directs to the /%postname%/ because there are thousands of links on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to my stories that help with the SEO.

    Your plug-in seems like it would be able to do this sort of thing, as that's what it appears to claim to do. Am I reading it right? When a pages url changes, the system automatically redirects the old recorded url to the updated url?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-seo-redirect-301/

  2. MMDeveloper
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Paul,

    Yes you are correct, my plugin remembers the old urls and redirects them to the new ones. So if you have a page called website.com/archives/19202 and changed it to website.com/article-title it will still work with google and bookmark cos if a user goes to website.com/archives/19202 it will redirect them to website.com/article-title.

  3. Paul Martin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Awesome. How long would it take to start working? Is there a way to see what has been databased to redirect? Or to see progress? When I had it activated for about 30 minutes, I didn't see any indication that it was working, nor any way to tell if it would.

  4. MMDeveloper
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you download 1.2, you can see a list of old urls pointing to the new ones.

  5. MMDeveloper
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    To test it, find the page and change its slug name, then update the post. In a new browser navigate to the pages previous url/slug name and you should find that it will redirect you to the updated url.

  6. Paul Martin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay. That's awesome. What about if I just wanted to change the permalink structure of my posts? Is there a way that I can, say, have it scan the current posts... get all of them set as current links, then change the structure, and have it scan and set all the new permalinks?

  7. Paul Martin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Another strange thing that has happened is that the post titles all have appeared blank since installing this.

    http://www.narniafans.com/tumnus-bookshelf-the-narniafans-book-reviews-the-christian-world-of-the-hobbit/

    Look at the title, where it says "| Narnia Fans" rather than "Post Title | Narnia Fans"

  8. MMDeveloper
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Looking at the code I can't see how my plugin would affect your title. Theres no code that affects the title. All my code does is keep a record of urls and when a 404 happens look at the past urls, find its page id and then redirect them to the right page.

    Its possible to have a blank title if two pages had the same url at different times, one with a title and one without and the system can't tell the difference between them, which you can manage with my gui controls and if a page was deleted. I think the way it is, is great cos you have the history as best as you can get it. Theres no way to stop two urls being the same at different times. Not sure if I should delete the old urls if the current page is deleted. If the system tried to redirect the user to the old url, the worse thing that will happen, is that they get a 404 which they would have gotten anyways.

  9. MMDeveloper
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    This plugin saves the old url of posts as well. So if you have a post url, change its slug name and navigate to the old post url, it will redirect you to the current post url.

  10. Paul Martin
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Right, and that's cool. It appears that the plug-in does exactly what I've been looking for.

    The only problem, and this is a big one, is that when I activated it my titles did, in fact, disappear. Deactivating it brought all of the page titles back. I didn't notice that it had done that last Thursday, and by Sunday, my site wasn't in Google search results for any of the pages on my site. After I deactivated the plug-in, I triggered webmaster tools to re-index my site and it's back in Google, but now I've slipped to page 2 globally, vs. being page 1 before this. I'll be page 1 again soon enough, though. I'm not sure why this occured.

    Ironically if you go to a page with the full URL, it brings up the page as I've titled it. All I want to do is reverse that. Make it so that the urls redirect to the full titles with words in them.

    Not sure what more help I can be to solving this issue, or if it's something that you can replicate.

  11. MMDeveloper
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I hope this helps. I navigated to this url:

    http://www.narniafans.com/tumnus-bookshelf-the-narniafans-book-reviews-the-christian-world-of-the-hobbit/

    I got taken to this url:

    http://www.narniafans.com/archives/13226

    When I looked at the view source by right clicking and clicking on view source I read the title and the title was:

    "Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: “The Christian World of The Hobbit” | Narnia Fans"

    Looks like the title is working correctly.

    Its possible that you have a cache problem.

  12. MMDeveloper
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Closing.

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