The process which takes visitors from one URL to another (page or file). Most users won’t notice that they have been redirected to a different address.
There are a couple of HTTP statuses regarding redirection, the most popular of which are:
- 301 Moved Permanently – mostly used, this response code means that the URI of the requested resource has been changed permanently
- 302 Found – this response code means that the URI of the requested resource has been changed temporarily
- 303 See Other
- 304 Not Modified
- 305 Use Proxy
- 306 unused
- 307 Temporary Redirect
- 308 Permanent Redirect
This term is related to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), where redirections are often found.