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How to Use the Thesis 301 Redirect Feature for Pages

Twice this week I’ve been asked on the phone how to use the 301 Page Redirect Feature that was introduced in Thesis 1.7.  The 301 Page Redirect is a very handy tool for adding off-site links to the navigation bar – among other things.  I show you how to use it in this video and I also demonstrate how to use the “Add More Links” feature of Thesis.

How to Use the 301 Page Redirect Feature

Starting with Thesis 1.7 there is a new function called Thesis 301 Redirect that exists on Pages when you create a page. We’re going to take a look at how to do that in this lesson.

Menu Buttons for the Page Redirect

Let’s go over to my Thesis E-commerce Lesson 5. You can see that I’ve got a Products page, Customer Support, About and Blog. I’m going to make a couple more buttons over here so that we can use those as redirects to other pages.

Create the Link for the 301 Page Redirect

Let’s say that we want to make a link off to my Home page. What I’m going to do is to come down here to Pages, Add New and I’m going to call this BYOB Home page and I’m going to come down here in the section of SEO Details and Additional Style to 301 Redirect this Page’s URL. Here is where I type in the URL I want to go to for the Page Redirect.

In this case it’s http: and then I’m going to pick this one byobwebsite and then we say Publish. Come over to our Thesis Site Options under Navigation Menu under Pages then we open that up. Come down here and there’s the one that I created, BYOB Home Page. I’m going to click that and I don’t want it to say page, it’s just going to be BYOB Home and so we’ll leave it right there at the end. Hit Save; right click up here and Open Link in a New Tab so we can go back to the page. Here we are back at the Home page and here’s a link to BYOB Home. If we select that it takes us to my Home page.

External Links as Alternative Method for 301 Page Redirect

There are other ways to accomplish this, for example, you can use the External Links feature. If you come back here to the Navigation Menu there’s another way to do that. You could add more here if you wished. If you open that up you can see that you can place additional navigation links on Manage Links.

First, you have to create a Link Category for that navigation menu. Come up here to Links and add a new Link Category and this name is going to be navigation links. We’ll add that category and then under that we’ll create a new one, say Add New and let’s make that one a blog – BYOB Blog. So the address of that will be In Navigation Links we’re going to create that link and then we would come back over here to the Thesis, Site Options. Then come down to the Navigation Menu and Add More Links, scroll down here, pick navigation links as our choice there and hit Save.

Come back over here and refresh and you see that it has created a link called BYOB Blog. If we select it we go to the blog just like it’s suppose to. The problem with this is that it is going to be on the end. If you come back over to the Navigation Menu and Pages you could easily drag BYOB Home to beside Home just like that, hit Save, Refresh and now BYOB Home is over there. But there is no way to move this in or around and so I like the 301 Redirect better.

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  • Camelle Daley June 15, 2011, 3:10 pm

    Exactly what I needed, thanks!

  • Sarah Klass November 18, 2012, 10:57 pm

    I just stumbled across this post after searching Google for how to use an external link in the Nav Menu, and the 301 redirect is perfect 🙂 Is there any way to make it open up in a new tab…?

    • Rick Anderson November 19, 2012, 5:26 am

      Sarah, there isn’t anyway to make the 301 redirect open in a new browser tab. It’s a redirection and not a link.

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