Redirecting WordPress Pages to External Sites

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When I started up this blog, I got started with some great tips from my Life Coach on blogging. One thing he said was to create links between my business site and my blog so I went about finding the best way to redirect page links to external websites.

Platform: WordPress 2.6.3 (updated version) in WPMU

Page Links To

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This is the best one I’ve found because it’s easy to forward pages or posts. You simply scroll to the bottom and insert the url you would like it to forward to. Done!

Page Links To allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Good for setting up navigational links to non-WP sections of your site or to off-site resources. By Mark Jaquith.

Pros

  • Fast redirection
  • Mouseover reflects redirected link
  • Works with Sharethis
  • Built-in to WordPress Post under “Advanced Options”

Screenshot of Page Links To In Action

It creates a new field under “Advanced Options” at the bottom of the posting area and you simply enter in the page it should redirect to.

Page Links To

Page Links To

EasyRedirect

I tried this one based on a post I found about WordPress redirection at 19 Labs

Plugin to easliy redirect to another page with javascript By Paul Bain.

Cons

  • Slow redirect
  • Have to remember the code syntax to insert into each post [redirect http://www.google.com 5]

Template-Redirect

This is the first one I used a few months ago from this blog by Dave Stewart in the UK template-redirect.php at Keyframesandcode.com. It worked great until I started using Sharethis to make it easy for people to share my blog content. I did post to the Sharethis forum and to support about the problem – See redirect page template broke

Pros

  • Built-in to WordPress Post options as a template option

Cons

  • Have to remember the formatting syntax to insert into each post (Update from plugin author: No syntax required. oops, sorry about that Dave) 

  • Doesn’t work out of the box with every theme

Page Redirect

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About Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. She has been involved in more than 35 hackathon events in the Bay Area and abroad. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to San Francisco in 2010 to pursue her passion for technology. Previously she has worked in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups; from Apple to Zendesk. Adria has been teaching technology and developing curriculum since 2007. Adria is a popular speaker at major tech conferences including SXSW, O’Reilly Web 2.0, Launch, The Lean Startup Conference and TEDx. She speaks at startups and coding boot camps about culture, communication and diversity. Adria has attended TED, LeWeb and MLOVE. In her free time, Adria enjoys snowboarding, yoga and bacon; not necessarily at that order. Her Twitter account is followed by President @BarackObama. She blogs at ButYoureAGirl.com and is a YouTube Content Creator.

17 thoughts on “Redirecting WordPress Pages to External Sites

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  3. awls99

    Thank you :)
    I didn't actualy read the whole post, just went for the plugin page, but I gotta thank you for finding it for me.

  4. awls99

    Thank you :)
    I didn't actualy read the hole post, just went for the plugin page, but I gotta thank you for finding it for me.

  5. Bill

    Found you Google. The page-links-to is absolutely the best. I've spent most of the day doing a page refresh and using the redirect template to get what I want. This plugin is too easy. Thanks for posting this.

  6. Donald Gilbert

    thanks for this! Just one question, does it redirect automatically, or does a person need to click the link in order to be redirected? (referring to Page Links To)

  7. L.K.

    Hi, thanks for the useful info.
    I am looking for a simple way to manage in WP the outbound links, so if i want to link to site somesite.com I will actually link to internal php file that will do for me the redirect, something like myblog.com/out.php?url=some-url
    And in put.php I can register the click for stat info.

  8. adriarichards

    Ms. Katrina.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Interesting. Yes. I've used Embed iframe to add/embed content from another
    site into the body of a page.

    Remember though that based on a person's browser settings and if they're on
    a computer or mobile device, iframes may not render.

    So when you say “external site embedded into your navigation” that sounds to
    me like linking a page/post to an external site. If so, that's exactly what
    “Page Links To” does.

    Plugins in WordPress rock!

  9. adriarichards

    Ms. Katrina.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Interesting. Yes. I've used Embed iframe to add/embed content from another
    site into the body of a page.

    Remember though that based on a person's browser settings and if they're on
    a computer or mobile device, iframes may not render.

    So when you say “external site embedded into your navigation” that sounds to
    me like linking a page/post to an external site. If so, that's exactly what
    “Page Links To” does.

    Plugins in WordPress rock!

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