Import all of your old product URLs in one simple CSV and avoid horrible 404 errors!
Changing to Magento from another platform? Import all of your old product URLs in one simple CSV and avoid all those horrible 404 errors!
The Mass Redirect extension for Magento takes the pain out of managing your old product URLs.
If you have an existing shop, and your Magento store is intended to replace it, it's important to make sure you properly redirect all of your old product URLs. Otherwise, all of that hard work you put into marketing your old site, and all those lovely valuable inbound links you've built up, overnight become absolutely worthless.
This extension provides a simple to manage solution to the problem. You simply upload a CSV (one for each of your stores if you like) of all of your old URLs, and the SKU or new URL you want the user to be sent to instead. Whenever a user follows a link that Magento doesn't recognize, the extension checks to see if the URL matches an old URL - if so, it redirects the user invisibly.
Managing your old URLs, and redirecting them in Magento, is not particularly straightforward. Some people use an htaccess file to redirect all of their URLs. This works, but there is a downside, unfortunately.
An htaccess file is a set of rules a server runs through for each page request. Adding all of your old URLs to this file means that for every page visit your server has to do a lot more work - it has to compare the URL the user is visiting to all of the old URLs you have added to the file. Magento isn't renowned for its blistering speed, so slowing down every request seems like something worth avoiding.
To install the extension:
The redirect config file is reasonably simple, but please bear in mind the following: