It is very important for organic rankings and user experience to redirect pages that have been taken down for any reason. To set up a 301 redirect in WordPress you could open up the .htaccess file, make changes, and then update it on the server via FTP but that is potentially very problematic and could take down your site if you don’t know what you’re doing.
We decided to build a 301 Redirects Manager to make this process easy and intuitive without the same risk of crashing your site as working in the .htaccess.
On the settings page click on the “Add Redirect” button. In the first field you’ll enter just the slug of the url that you want to set up for a 301 redirect. In this example we entered /test/. In the second field you’ll enter the whole url that you are redirecting to. In this example we used the homepage.
Click the “Update” button.
As you start adding several redirects you may want to alphabetize your redirects. You can easily do so by clicking the “Alphabetize” button.
You can export all of the 301 redirects into a .csv file by clicking the “Export Redirects” button.
You can delete all of the redirects if you’d like by clicking on the “Delete All Redirects” button (we’d highly suggest you export them first in case you need to restore them.)
Another great feature is that you can import WordPress 301 redirects in bulk by creating a .csv file with two columns. The first has a heading of “what_to_redirect” and the second “where_to_redirect”. The importer checks for common errors and adds them to the database.