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

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.

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