Support » Plugin: Link Fixer » Strange redirects of relative to absolute URLs

  • Resolved faithdanceart


    I see all kinds of strange redirects in the Link Fixer list.
    I am especially puzzled by those that redirect relative URLs to absolute URLs. Why?
    Do I need to change something in the settings of WP so that the absolute URLs are recognised correctly?
    What about URLs that have share=tumblr/////// in it?
    On the other hand, a small change like an additional ‘2’ in the name of an image is not recognised. Shouldn’t four identical words be enough for a successful redirect?
    I would like to improve the speed of my website, and I am wondering how much these redirects contribute to a slower performance.

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Plugin Author Keith P. Graham


    First, to be clear, Link Fixer has no control over image links. It works on pages and posts only.
    If you change the slug or the location of a page or post that causes someone to get a “404 not found” error, Link Fixer will go through the database looking for something similar to the permalink of the request. So if you have a page that was called summer/swimming_at_the_pool and you change it to vacation/swimming_in_the_pool, link fixer will detect when someone wants the old url. It strips out the underscores and dashes and then searches through the database for something that sort-of matches the words swimming at the pool. It won’t find an exact match, but one that is close. This is all that it does.
    Link fixer sleeps unless you get a 404 – not found error, which should be rarely. Mostly it is spammers looking for certain kinds of pages that get redirected. Unless your website has been shuffled quite a bit and search engines are directing to the old pages, there should be no effect on speed.
    Link fixer builds a complete url of the page based on information in the database in order to fix the 404. This is why you are seeing the redirects to the full url.
    I don’t know what is happening with Tumblr. It might be a spammer looking for a cross post script, but that is just a guess.
    If you are concerned I suggest that you disable link fixer and see if there is any effect on your website’s speed and accuracy.

    Good luck,

    Thread Starter faithdanceart


    Thank you for your explanation. That is very helpful to better understand the plugin.

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