A URL alias can be used when you need to redirect a certain link to show the contents of a different page. See example scenarios below.
*Please note that URL aliases may only be used with pages on your SilkStart website, and may not be used to redirect users to an external website.
- Navigate to yournetwork.silkstart.com/urlalias
- Click "Create a new alias"
- Enter a Point URL: This is the typically the OLD link that you would like to redirect traffic away from
- Enter a Destination URL: This is typically the NEW link that you would like to direct traffic towards, or the page content you would like to show.
- Check the "Redirect (301)" box only if you want to completely redirect users to the Destination URL. No need to check this box if you are simply using an alias to display content from another page.
- Click "Create"
*TIP - The "Destination URL" will always be the link to the page you are trying to show content from. The "Point URL" is the link that was already sent out (either accidentally or on purpose), or the link you plan to send out.
An example scenario is if you need to redirect users to a new event, but may have already sent out the link for an older event whose registration options can't be adjusted. Create a new alias and set the URLs as follows:
If anyone types in yourdomain.com/events/old-event, they will be redirected to the new event.
A second scenario is if you have an outdated page that you would no longer like members to access, but don't want them to run into an error if they come across the link. Your alias would be set up as follows to direct users away from your old page and towards the new page:
A third scenario is if you create a custom page called mydomain.com/cpages/annual-convention, and plan on sending this link out in communications, you may wish to shorten it for promotion purposes. The shorter link may be mydomain.com/convention. The following URL alias is set up so that when users click on mydomain.com/convention, they will be redirected to mydomain.com/cpages/annual-convention.
Note: To simply have mydomain.com/convention show the content from mydomain.com/cpages/annual-convention, you do not need to check the Redirect (301) box. This means that if a user clicks mydomain.com/convention with no Redirect set, the URL in their browser will not change, but will display the content from your Destination URL.
You can do the same for an event that has a long URL. For example, you can promote the URL for your event (mydomain.com/events/cocktails-and-conversations-december) with mydomain.com/networking.