WordPress Redirection Tips – HTaccess vs Plugins

Some people have asked which WordPress plugin is best for redirection, to avoid 404 errors, or maybe after a change in permalinnks (url structure), or migration to HTTPS.

Of all the WordPress redirection plugins, IMO Safe Redirect Manager is the best. Other plugins are consumer grade, but this one is enterprise grade (and the fastest).

It’s always better if you can do you WordPress redirects via:

  1. main server config
  2. htaccess
  3. using a plugin
  4. BONUS – do it at the CDN/DNS level…like CloudFlare (this one should be even faster and less impact than #1)

You only need one of those solutions, and preferably in that order. 1 is ideal if you have VPS and direct server access since it’s the fastest. 2 is for most people on a shared hosting account with htaccess. 3 is the slowest and only recommended if you don’t have access to 1&2, ORRRR you want to track stats.

If you DO want to track stats, my advice is:

Make sure it’s really worth it to you because redirect plugins that track stats will slow down your web page load a lot (even on VPS server). You could always use your Google Search Console to get the same info.

FYI: SRM doesn’t track stats so you’ll need to try one of those other consumer ones with all the fancy options.

2 thoughts on “WordPress Redirection Tips – HTaccess vs Plugins

  1. Hi Johnny,

    I read your articles about how the regular redirection plugin sucks and how it is better to use HTACCESS or safe redirect manager. However, when I exported the htaccess info from the redirect plugin and copy pasted it into my htaccess I got an error 500. The safe redirect manager doesn’t have a settings import option and since I have quite a lot of redirects adding those manually would be a pain in the…

    So can you please let me know what is the best solution of migrating from Redirects into another plugin or htaccess?

    Thanks in advance,
    Zvi

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