How do you "redirect"?

April 8, 2009 at 06:16:36
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.596 GHz / 502 MB
I'd like to offer a suggestion to an organization I belong to regarding their website, but I don't know enough about website development.

For years they had a website with a URL of which I believe was maintained by a member of the organization.

They have since moved the site to a commercial site for sports team communications.

Whenever they send out information related to the organization, they send the link to, which takes you to the old website. At that site is a message says: "This is the old org-name website. Please click the New Website button to go to the new site."

What do they did to do so that they can continue to send out the "old" link to but have the user end up at the organization's site at ?


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April 8, 2009 at 06:41:10
If you mean every time it loads the web page it redirects you could tell them to add this tag to the <head> section of their old home page.
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=">
This will make the browser load the new site as soon as it loads the page.


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April 8, 2009 at 07:50:39
Thanks for the response.

re: If you mean every time it loads the web page it redirects

I guess that what I mean. Mainly what I am looking for is to no longer see the old website and then have to click the new website button.

Would your solution be transparent to the user? i.e. they click the link (or enter it in the address bar) and - boom - they're at ?

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April 8, 2009 at 08:12:25
Not completely transparent.
It loads the site ( and as soon as it loads (should only take 1 or 2 seconds because im guessing it has nothing on it) It starts loading the new site.

If you want to put a delay in you can change the number (0) to any number you wish. eg. changing it to 5 would make it take 5 seconds to redirect.

But, i have a question.
I tried loading the site ( but it didn't work. The new one ( works though. Are you sure they still have the rites to the old site?

Even a ping check failed.

Sorry. Stupid Question.
Was focusing more on redirecting than the old URL.
I gather it isn't the actual URL of the site.


Sorry For Jumping About.

If you prefer javascript you could use something like:

<script type="text/javascript">
window.location = ""

But i recommend sticking to its HTML counterpart.

Just make sure this is put in between the <HEAD> and </HEAD> tags at the beginning of the document or it wont work.
Good luck.
Hope this helps


Another EDIT:

Ok, Sorry, Let me explain even further what i mean.
The script automaticly runs as soon as it is accessed. You need to write it into the page that loads when you load your old website.
When this is done. You load the old website. As soon as it has finished downloading the page it changes the URL in your address bar to your new site address. Meaning that you shouldn't see your old site at all unless you have an incredibly SLOW internet connection.
This isn't exactly what it does but I don't want to be too confusing. :P
I beleive the URL ( that you gave me isn't the actual sites web page. You need to change it to the real one or every time you load the page it will redirect you to your webhosts page (

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April 8, 2009 at 17:11:19
Thanks for all the info.

And you are correct - I did not give you the real name of the old site nor the actual final destination for the new site. I didn't think either would have added any value to my question.

Thanks again!

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