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Redirects are used to forward users from one page name to another. They can be useful if a particular article is referred to by multiple names, or has alternative punctuation, capitalization or spellings.

Creating a redirect

You may start a new page with the name you want to direct from (see Help:Starting a new page). You can also use an existing page that you are making inactive as a page by going to that page and using the "edit" tab at the top. In either case, you will be inserting the following code at the very first text position of the Edit window for the page:

#REDIRECT [[pagename]]

where pagename is the name of the destination page. The word "redirect" is not case-sensitive, but there must be no space before the "#" symbol. Any text before the code will disable the code and prevent a redirect. Any text or regular content code after the redirect code will be ignored (and should be deleted from an existing page). However, to put or keep the current page name listed in a Category, the usual tag for that category is entered or kept on a line after the redirect code entry.

You should 'preview' (using the button below the Edit window, or use Alt-P) to check that you have entered the correct destination page name. The preview page will not look like the resulting redirect page, it will look like a numbered list, with the destination page in blue:

1. REDIRECT  pagename

If the pagename as you typed it is not a valid page, it will show in red. Until there is a valid destination page, you should not make the redirect.

Viewing a redirect

After making a redirect at a page, you can no longer get to that page by using its name or by any link using that name; and they do not show up in wiki search results, either. However, near the top of the destination page, a notice that you have been forwarded appears, with the source pagename as an active link to it. Click this to get back to the redirected page, showing the large bent arrow symbol and the destination for the redirect.

By doing this, you can do all the things that any wiki page allows. You can go to the associated discussion page to discuss the redirect. You can view the history of the page, including a record of the redirect. You can edit the page if the redirect is wrong, and you can revert to an older version to remove the redirect.

Deleting a redirect

There's generally no need to delete redirects. They do not occupy a significant amount of database space. If a page name is vaguely meaningful, there's no harm, and some benefit, in having it as a redirect to the more relevant or current page.

If you do need to delete a redirect, e.g. if the page name is offensive, or you wish to discourage people from referring to a concept by that name, then you simply go to the redirect page as mentioned above, and follow the procedures at Help:Deleting a page.

Double redirects

A double redirect is a page redirecting to a page which is itself a redirect, and it will not work. Instead, people will be presented with a view of the next redirect page. This is a deliberate restriction, partly to prevent infinite loops, and partly to keep things simple.

However, you could look out for double redirects and eliminate them by changing them to be 1-step redirects instead. You are most likely to need to do this after a significant page move. Use the "what links here" toolbox link to find double redirects to a particular page, or use Special:DoubleRedirects to find them throughout the whole wiki.

A redirect to a page in the category namespace

To redirect to a category page and prevent the redirect appearing in this category, precede the word "Category" with a colon, otherwise the redirect page will also be categorized to the category itself:

#REDIRECT [[:Category:Glossary]]

Suppressing a redirect

Users with the suppressredirect right may move a page without creating a redirect.

Redirect sign
Redirect example

A redirect on Community Central that goes to this page.

A redirect is a bit of code that forwards the user to a new page.

Creating redirects is helpful when there is more than one possible title for a page, or many different ways a user might search for a topic. Creating redirects for potential titles helps your users find the existing page, and also helps to prevent the accidental creation of duplicate articles.

Redirects are also automatically created when a page is moved, allowing links and users who used the old title to automatically be brought to the new title.

How to create a redirect

  • To make a page redirect to another, first open the page for editing and go to the source editor.
  • If there is any content on the page, delete it so the page is clear.
  • Enter the following onto the page:
#redirect [[Page title]]
  • Publish the page.

Additionally, if you wanted to redirect to a certain section on a page, add a # and the name of the section. This can also be done to redirect to tabs on a tabber.

#redirect [[Page title#Section name]]

Tips

  • Both lower case #redirect or upper case #REDIRECT will work.
  • The #redirect line must be the first line of the page, and lines below it will be ignored.
  • Redirects do not work with external links.
  • Make sure the redirect code is not wrapped in any other tags, like <nowiki></nowiki> tags.


An example

Instead of creating duplicate articles for Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker on Wookieepedia, you might want links to [[Darth Vader]] and [[Anakin Skywalker]] to point to the same page.

If you want that page title to be "Anakin Skywalker", then "Darth Vader" should be a redirect. The Darth Vader page would contain this:

#redirect [[Anakin Skywalker]]

How do I change a redirect?

It is possible to change the Darth Vader redirect by editing it. As an example, trying visiting the "Darth Vader" page, which redirects to the "Anakin Skywalker" page. Below the title of the page, you will see the text:

Click this "Darth Vader" link to go back to the "Darth Vader" redirect page. You can then click "edit" to alter the Darth Vader page as usual (making the redirect link point somewhere else, or replacing it with a new article) like any other page.

What is a "double redirect"?

A double redirect is a redirect page that points to another redirect page. For example, suppose that "Vader" points to "Darth Vader" which points to "Anakin Skywalker". Then visits to the "Vader" page will be forwarded only once and stop at the "Darth Vader" redirect.

To fix this, click the (Redirected from...) link on the "Darth Vader" redirect page, to go back to the "Vader" redirect. Edit Vader's redirect to point to "Anakin Skywalker".

You can find a list of double redirects by visiting the Special:DoubleRedirects page on your community.

What is a "broken redirect"?

A broken redirect is a redirect page that points to a page that does not exist.

To fix this, click the "Edit" button and redirect the page to one that does exist. (Previewing the edit can help you check if the redirect destination exists.)

You can find a list of broken redirects by visiting the Special:BrokenRedirects page on your community.

Can I put anything else on a redirect page?

All text below the first line will be ignored, except for categories. Although this is rarely needed, there are a few circumstances where you might want to categorize redirects.

A common reason to categorize a redirect is the cache limitations of Special:ListRedirects. Some communities may have more than 1000 redirects, so the special page would list only the first thousand and stop listing any more after the thousandth redirect in the system.

This can be undesirable for maintenance and organizational purposes (e.g. a title that is very unlikely to be searched may not be found normally), so most communities generally categorize redirects so they can be listed, as a category list is not subject to the cache limitation of a special page.

See also

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