A redirect is a page created so that navigation to a given title takes the reader directly to a different page. They:
- Help users find related/relevant articles.
- Help to prevent other editors from wasting their time creating duplicative articles.
- Redirect people to an article when they search on a name variant. For example, if a user searches on "CIO", they will automatically be redirected to the Chief Information Officer article. Create redirects for alternate names of organizations and variants of foreign names.
- Are used to send GCpedia users to the officially titled page. For example, a page titled with an acronym (i.e. OL) can be redirected to a page with the title spelled out (i.e. GCPEDIA:Official Languages). This means users who search for the acronym and users who search for the full title will end up at exactly the same page.
It is also a good idea to check the What links here link (on the left menu of an article) for any article you are going to redirect. You might want to edit those articles to link to the correct article. Avoid using redirects to other redirects. Instead, make all redirects go to the correct article.
Redirects are automatic when a page is moved, thus preventing dead links. However, this is often the source of double redirects, so check the redirects when moving a page.
How to create a Redirect?
There are two ways to create a redirect:
- automatically, by moving or renaming a page
- manually, by inserting this code #redirect[[Page name]] at the top of a page before the text, where page name would be the name of the page to redirect to .e.g template:helpbox.