Redirects and Aliases

Redirects point the browser to a new location without user interaction. They are executed at either the web browser (client-side redirect) or at the web server (server-side redirect).

Because redirects do not require any user interaction, redirects are often executed without the user ever noticing. The only thing that indicates a redirect has occurred is the browser's address bar. The address bar displays a URL that is different from the link the browser initially requested.

Although there are only two types of redirects, they can be implemented in numerous ways. For example, client-side redirects can occur because the web page to which a user has pointed his or her browser contains scripting or special HTML code that redirects the browser to another URL. Server-side redirects can occur because the page contains server-side scripting or because the web server has been configured to point the user to another URL.