CMS Page Rewrites

Before you begin, make sure that you understand exactly what the redirect is to accomplish. Think in terms of “target” and “source”, or “redirect to” and “redirect from”. Although people might still navigate to the former page from search engines or outdated links, the redirect causes your store to switch to the new target.

Add URL Rewrite

Step 1. Plan the Rewrite

To avoid mistakes, write down the URL key of the “redirect to” page and “redirect from” page.

If you are not sure, open each page in your store, and copy the path from the address bar of your browser.

CMS Page Path

Redirect to: new-page
Redirect from: old-page

Step 2. Create the Rewrite

  1. On the Admin sidebar, tap Marketing. Then under SEO & Search, choose URL Rewrites.

  2. Before you proceed, do the following to verify that the “request path” is available.

    • In the search filter at the top of the Request Path column, enter the URL key of the page that is to be redirected. Then, tap Search.

    • If there are multiple redirect records for the page, find the one that matches the applicable store view. Then, open the redirect record in edit mode.

    • In the upper-right corner, tap Delete. When prompted, tap OK to confirm.

  3. When you return to the URL Rewrites page, tap Add URL Rewrite.

  4. Set Create URL Rewrite to “for CMS page”.

  5. Find your new target page in the grid, and open in edit mode.

    Custom URL Rewrite

  6. Under URL Rewrite Information, do the following:

    • If you have multiple store views, select the Store where the rewrite applies.

    • In the Request Path field, enter the URL key of the original page that the customer requests. This is the “redirect from” page.

      The Request Path must be unique for the specified store. If there is already a redirect that uses the same Request Path, you will receive an error when you try to save the redirect. The previous redirect must be deleted before you can create a new one.

    • Set Redirect to one of the following:

      • Temporary (302)
      • Permanent (301)
    • For your reference, enter a brief description of the rewrite.

    Custom URL Rewrite

  7. Before saving the redirect, review the following:

    • The link in the upper-left corner displays the name of the target page.
    • The Request Path contains the path for the original “redirect from” page.
  8. When complete, tap Save.

    The new rewrite appears in the grid at the top of the list.

    Saved URL Rewrite

Step 3. Test the Result

  1. Go to the home page of your store.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Navigate to the original “redirect from” page.
    • In the address bar of the browser, enter the name of the original “redirect from” page immediately after the store URL. Then, press Enter.

    The new target page appears instead of the original page request.

Field Descriptions

Create URL Rewrite
Indicates the type of rewrite. The type cannot be changed after the rewrite is created. Options: Custom, For category, For product, For CMS page
Request Path
The CMS page that is to be redirected. The Request Path must be unique, and cannot be in use by another redirect. If you receive an error message that the Request Path already exists, delete the existing redirect, and try again.
Target Path
The internal path that is used by the system to point to the destination. The target path is grayed out and cannot be edited.
Redirect
Determines the type of redirect. Options:
  • No - No redirect is specified.
  • Temporary (302) - Indicates to search engines that the rewrite is for a limited time. Search engines generally do not retain page rank information for temporary rewrites.
  • Permanent (301) - Indicates to search engines that the rewrite is permanent. Search engines generally retain page rank information for permanent rewrites.
Description
Describes the purpose of the rewrite for internal reference.