If you change the name of a category on Magento and enter a new URL underneath and tick the box: Create Permanent Redirect for old URL then does this mean that all URL's which contain the old URL will redirect to the new name of the category & URL?

Would this be ok from an SEO perspective?

Thanks a lot

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This would not only be OK from a SEO perspective, this is actually quite necessary.

Without it you would have 404's on the old url's and that's bad.

Next to that you ensure a better experience for your site visitors. If you have hard-linked to these categories from for instance a cms page or blog post, you ensure that even though the category URL has changed, they still get to the right page instead of being thrown a 404.

  • So essentially this is a quick way of setting up a 301 redirect?
    – Tommy
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:46
  • Yes. You can check Catalog -> URL Rewrite management for the list of redirects and the redirect method that Magento generates for you.
    – Ottonet
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:49
  • For some reason the 301 redirect hasn't come up in the URL Rewrite Management? I changed the category name and changed the URL and ensured that the Create Permanent Redirect for old URL was ticked. Magento hasn't yet updated the category name yet though.
    – Tommy
    Mar 16, 2015 at 15:10
  • Have you set system -> General -> Web -> Search Engines Optimization -> Use Web Server Rewrites set to YES ??
    – Ottonet
    Mar 16, 2015 at 15:12
  • Yes, it is set to YES
    – Tommy
    Mar 16, 2015 at 15:15

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