Simple 301 Redirects provides an easy method of redirecting requests to another page on your site or elsewhere on the web. It’s especially handy when you migrate a site to WordPress and can’t preserve your URL structure. By setting up 301 redirects from your old pages to your new pages, any incoming links will be seamlessly passed along, and their pagerank (or what-have-you) will be passed along with them.
The redirects work similar to Apache 301 redirects where you specify the path that you want to forward (e.g. “/about.htm”) and the full URL of the destination (e.g. “http://www.sitedomain.com/about/”.) This means that in addition to forwarding between paths on your site, you can also forward to external sites. So you might also use the plugin as a URL shortener (“/video/” could forward to your YouTube channel, for example.)
The latest version of Simple 301 Redirects has been tested down to WordPress version 3.0. It works just fine with Multisite installations. Each site will get its own set of redirects. It should be compatible with servers running either PHP 4 or 5. But seriously, don’t run PHP 4 in this day and age.
Installation and Use
Download the plugin and FTP it to your plugins directory. Activate it in the plugins section of your WordPress admin. Simple enough.
The 301 editor screen can be found under Settings > 301 Redirects in the WordPress admin after activation. You must be an administrator to edit your list of new redirects.
Please contact me if you have any questions.