A "301 Moved Permanently" status code is an HTTP response code that indicates a permanent redirection of a URL to a new location. It's a way for web servers to inform both browsers and search engines that a web page or resource has been permanently moved to a different URL. This is often used for various reasons, such as reorganizing a website's structure, changing domain names, or consolidating content.
Here's what a "301 Moved Permanently" status code means and how to fix it:
- Understanding the Meaning:
- "301" is the HTTP status code number, which signifies permanent redirection.
- "Moved Permanently" indicates that the resource or web page has been moved to a new location permanently.
- Preserve SEO: A 301 redirect is crucial for maintaining search engine rankings and transferring link juice (SEO authority) from the old URL to the new one.
- Retain User Experience: It ensures that users who access the old URL are automatically redirected to the new one, providing a seamless user experience.
- Update Links: It helps update internal and external links that point to the old URL.
- Server Configuration: If you have access to the server configuration (e.g., using Apache's .htaccess or Nginx configuration files), you can set up a 301 redirect there. Here's an example for Apache:
Redirect 301 /old-page.html http://example.com/new-page.html