How to Set URL Redirections in PrestaShop?

The need to set URL redirections is felt when you have to modify link structures of you website. it mostly happens, when you migrate from an eCommerce platform to another, switch to another domain name, rebrand a company, or making the URLs search engine and user friendly. In all such situations, the customers who are visiting your store through an old URL may go astray and leave your website, which may result in customer loss.

The URL is the link address of your website, and if it changes, you must link the newer one to assist the old customers just like the way you do in real life. A few redirections can be set manually by editing the .htaccess file of your store, whereas for bulk actions and effective redirections, you can take help from the PrestaShop 301 redirect Module that is exclusively developed for PrestaShop powered online stores. 

The FME's redirect PrestaShop Addon is also a combination of codes, but developed by expert and tested for extensive use for a flawless URL management of your store. It neither requires expert coding knowledge nor needs excessive configuration settings. Follow the tutorial below for a quick idea of how it works.

Step 1: Download and install the application, and activate it from your PrestaShop admin panel.

Step 2: After successful installation, you could find the PrestaShop redirect module in the left column of the backend. Click on it and you will see a list of URL redirections.

Step 3: By clicking on each listing, you can edit it and reset the redirections as well. You can select a redirection type from 301 Moved Permanently, 301 Moved Temporarily or 303 Other Source, which is followed by entering an old URL and a new one where you intend to redirect customers.

Step 4: In addition to editing or deleting the previous listings, you can set new redirections by clicking the plus (+) sign in the admin panel.

Step 5: To add bulk redirection to the list, you can import a CSV file by clicking the ‘Import Option’

Step 6: To secure the redirection listings for future use or importing it to another store, you can export the data to a CSV file by clicking the export option. 

 

Step 7: For configuration settings, navigate to modules and click ‘Configure’ option against the URL Redirects module.

Step 8: The configuration settings will ask you about the redirect trigger and the 404 redirections. You can select either the home page or any CMS page in case of a ‘Page Not Found' Error.

This simple yet easy process using PrestaShop redirection will set you free from worrying about the SEO rankings, exposure, and traffic you expect to lose after modifying the URLs because the link juice of those URLs are added back to the newly created URLs.