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.
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.
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 .
Before you start, test out the Vanity URL in your browser to be sure it is not already in use, or already being redirected.
Any vanity URLs or redirect pages or redirect values set in page properties on UBCMS pages will never expire on their own.
There is another category we call "mapping rules" that EAS manages. These are pretty rare. I don't ever plan to expire any of those.
The last category you could call "redirect-only virtualhosts", which are "sites" where everything ___.buffalo.edu/* redirects somewhere else. These are the ones we use for transition. EIS would like these to be temporary as often as possible, so they don't have to look at as many files and so they can tell the DNS team to delete DNS records (I guess...?). They are reluctant to create these (only if they already exist is the policy), and would like a justification for how long they need to be around. I believe at the moment, they will not give too much hassle if you ask for 1 year. I don't know where these actual rules are written down. (I suspect nowhere.) Despite all of this, I have never heard of them actually removing a single one.
We're revisiting our policy and procedures for server redirects. If you would like to request one, please assemble your business case and contact us.
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.
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.
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.
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