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

  • Resolved faithdanceart

    (@faithdanceart)


    Hi,
    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

    (@kpgraham)

    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,
    Keith

    Thread Starter faithdanceart

    (@faithdanceart)

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

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