301 Redirects for your Hub: A How-To Guide

Let's say your company has a blog at www.yoursite.com/blog or blog.yoursite.com.

However, you've recently decided to superpower your content with a Hub. Now you have a place for your blog posts, social media updates, whitepapers, videos - everything that anyone looking for content would ever need.

But what about your old blog posts? Maybe you've already started to create content right in Uberflip using the awesome Authoring Tool to go alongside the content you've imported. So now you might be wondering if there's a way to [spoiler alert] direct people to your Hub for all of your content, without changing domain names.

Enter the 301 redirect.

How It Works

In short, a 301 redirect is a way to change where your site visitors land when they visit a webpage you own. For example, if a site visitor were to go to yoursite.com/blog, with a 301 redirect they can be taken to your awesome Hub at yourhubname.yoursite.com.

It's Permanent!

The great thing about doing a 301 redirect is it helps maintain the SEO authority already gained by your posts. The old link is removed from search engine indexes and your content is indexed at the new link. One uber important thing to remember is that a 301 redirect is it's permanent, so proceed with caution.

If you're looking for a temporary solution, a 302 redirect is what you need. However keep in mind that this only redirects visitors. Search engines are also redirected, but the original page will be indexed as well as the new page. This could negatively affect your SEO, since you'll be breaking the rule of duplicate content. 

There are a few different ways to get a 301 redirect working for you, depending on what you're currently using to manage content on your site, what you want to redirect and how you want to use your CMS and Uberflip together. 

Where to Find URLs for 301 Redirects 

Regardless of what your plans are, you'll need the Uberflip URLs for the content on your Hub to perform a 301 redirect.

To help out with this, you can find a list of Hub URLs in your Admin panel that are associated with the URL of each of your posts. 

First we'll go over how to find the Hub URLs you need for 301 redirects, then we'll go over the different scenarios that might apply to you, and give some info on how to proceed for each one.

1. Choose the Blog Stream You'd Like to Redirect

Select the blog in your Hub that houses the item you'd like to redirect, either by hovering over 'Blogs' in the top menu, or choosing from the list that appears for 'Manage Content'.

2. Choose 'Url Mapping (for 301 redirects)' 

From the blog page, click on the hamburger icon in the search bar at the top. A list will show up below with the 'Url Mapping (for 301 redirects)' option. That's the one you want to select. 

3. Find Your Hub URLs Beside Their Original URLs

On the next page, you'll see a list of the URLs associated with the imported items in your Hub. Use this list to 301 redirect any content from your site or blog to the item in your Hub.

So What's the Scenario?

There are a few different ways to do a 301 redirect, depending on whether you need or want to continue using your CMS  alongside your Uberflip Hub, or switch to using your Hub for some main sections of your site.

And if you have a subdomain, we've got something extra special for ya!

 

I want to continue using my CMS and have Uberflip update based on changes I make to the imported pages.

Many popular CMS platforms will have additional plugins you can use to 301 redirect individual pieces of content.

If you want to redirect to an item or items in your Hub, use the Uberflip Url Mapping page to find the link to the item in your Hub and use that URL for the plugin in your CMS.

Be warned: if you do your 301 redirects through your CMS, and then cancel your CMS, that plugin and all those redirects will disappear. If you decide to cancel your CMS, be sure to do your 301 redirects at your server level! [see below] 

 

I want to switch from a page on my website to using my Uberflip Hub for a Blog, Resource page, etc.

Many popular webhost services offer instructions on how to do a 301 redirect for a webpage you own.

Do a Google search for '301 redirect' and the name of your host (GoDaddy, for example) to find detailed instructions.

Wondering how to create a Custom Domain with Uberflip? 

That's it! Have questions. Contact us for help at success@uberflip.com.

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