Visitors can be automatically switched from one URL to another, using webserver redirects, UBCMS 'vanity URLs' and redirect pages, or third-party URL shorteners. These solve problems from previously published links or help to promote a alternate path to your pages.
Consider using custom error pages to help people to update their bookmarks.
These higher order paths guide how people access any UB website, not just those in the UBCMS; e.g. education.buffalo.edu -> ed.buffalo.edu or news.buffalo.edu -> buffalo.edu/news. They are set for a temporary (one-year), or persistent (three year renewable) period, and must be supported by a strong business case.
If you would like to request a server redirect, please assemble your business case and contact us.
After expiration, or as an alternative to setting up a redirect, we encourage you to consider implementing a custom 404 error page. This will load when the ‘wrong’ URL is requested, with your unit’s branding and additional clarification how to find the content that is sought. > Read more about custom error pages
These are set up in the UBCMS and redirect traffic from one UBCMS page to another. Any vanity URLs or redirect pages or redirect values set in page properties on UBCMS pages will never expire on their own.
You can create Vanity URLs that use the URL of any sites that you manage; e.g. for the Forestry School, forestry.buffalo.edu/ABC or www.buffalo.edu/forestry/ABC .
Please do not create Vanity URLs directly off www.buffalo.edu or that use someone else's URL without permission; i.e. a vanity URL that starts with ABC.buffalo.edu or www.buffalo.edu/ABC . Contact the UBCMS Help Team if you have any questions.
It is not possible to add a working Vanity URL to an authenticated page unless your Vanity URL also ends in '-pw.' If a short URL without '-pw' is desired for outreach or to handle common usage, we suggest you use a separate Redirect Page instead.
Create a new page using the Redirect Template, set the URL through the UBCMS to the actual secure page (/content/www/etc/page-pw), and then add any desired Vanity URLs to the Page Properties of the redirect page, and NOT in the secure page itself.
Before you start, test out the Vanity URL in your browser to be sure it is not already in use, or already being redirected.
The option to Redirect Vanity URL causes the browser to update the location bar so that it shows your preferred URL path instead of the URL that the visitor entered or clicked to arrive on your site.
Changing the URL in the location bar may be confusing to visitors, since they may not notice that the URL has changed, or appreciate why it has changed. However, this setting will encourage visitors to remember (and bookmark) your preferred URL.
While this is currently optional, we suggest you always select it. (Not selecting it may cause your page to load without some of its images or styling.)
While the Redirect Vanity URL setting is currently optional, we suggest you always select it. Not selecting it may cause your page to load without some of its images or styling.
The UBCMS supports a special type of page that simply serves as a built-in redirect from its apparent location to the actual page on your site. These can be built in Shared Content or as a regular Web page, using the appropriate template.
Do not be temped to set the redirect in Page Properties. This will be ignored for a redirect page. You must use the little redirect box on the page itself.
For standard UBCMS pages, while you can set a redirect in Page Properties, we do not recommend this solution, because nothing in Author shows that the page is being used as a redirect.
A third option is to use a 'URL shortener' service, like Bit.ly or TinyURL.com. These free services allow you to choose a specific URL, if it's not already taken, such as http://bit.ly/UBCareerFair, as an equivalent to one of your Web pages. And if you register, you can track the clicks on the link, which is very handy for assessing the effectiveness of links sent out in emails.