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HTTP Redirection Checker Tool for 301 and 404 Redirects

About The Tool

If you are unsure as to why this might be a problem, try entering www.webdrive.co.nz into this tool. Notice how they have a number of "home" pages. The multiple copies of their homepage is competing with itself for links. If Webdrive used 301 redirects on all versions except www.webdrive.co.nz, their homepage would have more link power and would probably rank better. Webdrive are a great web host however.

Understanding HTTP Codes And Status

HTTP codes are 3-digit codes that are automatically generated by a URL. Such codes usually denote key information associated with the URL. For instance, if your results from our HTTP status checker contains codes starting with the digit “3”, then it is a redirect code. Meaning, the code is telling you that the URL uses redirection. The other two digits (followed by 3) tell you what kind of redirect is being used by the page. For example, the code 301 means that the page has been moved permanently to the redirected URL. In this case, the code is 301 and the status is “Moved Permanently”.

The Importance Of Redirects

A website redirect, as the name suggests, is aimed at redirecting the user to a different page than the one that they requested for. Redirects are usually used when an existing website is moved to a new domain. For instance, when a business undergoes a rebranding or expands into new markets, they may need to change their website domain name to something that reflects their new brand image. While this can be simply done by purchasing a new domain and creating a new website, it may confuse the existing customers of that business. Moreover, creating a new website also means that all the SEO benefits that the old site enjoyed will be wiped off.

A 301 redirect prevents this from happening by telling the search engines that the same old website has been moved to a new address. This way, the search engine treats the new website same as the old one, passing on all the SEO benefits that the old site enjoyed to the new website.

As you may know, not all redirects are beneficial from an SEO point of view. Our HTTP status checker will enable you to identify any and all URL related problems that may be hurting your website’s SEO or user experience.

Understanding Redirect Chains

When a URL is redirected multiple times, it creates a redirect chain. In other words, if a URL 1 has been redirected to URL 2, and then URL 2 is redirected to URL 3, a redirect chain is created. Redirect chains are usually bad for SEO as they make it difficult for the search engine crawlers to crawl the website.

HTTP Code Key

[Table] View the different types of HTTP status codes

For quick reference when reading your HTTP status reports, check out this HTTP status code table:

HTTP STATUS CODE HTTP STATUS
1xx informational response codes
100 Continue
101 Switching Protocols
102 Processing
103 Early Hints
2xx success codes
200 OK
201 Created
202 Accepted
203 Non-Authoritative Information
204 No Content
205 Reset Content
206 Partial Content
207 Multi-Status
208 Already Reported
226 IM Used
3xx redirection codes
300 Multiple Choices
301 Moved Permanently
302 Found
303 See Other
304 Not Modified
305 Use Proxy
307 Temporary Redirect
308 Permanent Redirect
4xx client error codes
400 Bad Request
401 Unauthorized
402 Payment Required
403 Forbidden
404 Not Found
405 Method Not Allowed
406 Not Acceptable
407 Proxy Authentication Required
408 Request Timeout
409 Conflict
410 Gone
411 Length Required
412 Precondition Failed
413 Request Entity Too Large
414 Request-URI Too Long
415 Unsupported Media Type
416 Requested Range Not Satisfiable
417 Expectation Failed
418 I'm a teapot
421 Misdirected Request
422 Unprocessable Entity
423 Locked
424 Failed Dependency
425 Too Early
426 Upgrade Required
428 Precondition Required
429 Too Many Requests
431 Request Header Fields Too Large
451 Unavailable for Legal Reasons
5xx server error codes
500 Internal Server Error
501 Not Implemented
502 Bad Gateway
503 Service Unavailable
504 Gateway Timeout
505 HTTP Version Not Supported
506 Variant Also Negotiates
507 Insufficient Storage
508 Loop Detected
510 Not Extended
511 Network Authentication Required

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. Our tool is simple to use. Simply add the URL you want to check and the tool will present you with a report. To understand the report, you can use the HTTP code key given on this page.

This usually depends on the HTTP status code. In most cases, however, you will require the help of someone that can work on the backend of your website to resolve HTTP related issues. If our report outlines HTTP issues that you cannot fix on your own, you can seek help from our team.
While there is virtually no limit to the number of URLs you can check, we advise that you avoid checking hundreds of URLs in one go. Doing so may overwhelm the tool and leave you with an inaccurate report. If you want to check hundreds of URLs, we recommend using an SEO tool like RankWatch.

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