How do I redirect my site using a META Tag?

  • Applies to: All Service Types
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: FTP or SSH, plain text editor


This document will explain how to create a META Tag to redirect your site or site content. This will not redirect any emails for your domains, however.

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It is preferable for a number of reasons to redirect your site using a 301 Redirect rather than a meta refresh. However, there may be some cases in which a meta refresh is necessary.

  • You cannot use a .htaccess file - for example, you may be using a CMS which periodically overwrites your .htaccess file.
  • You want to redirect only a single file in a directory with multiple other files.

You should insert the following line in the head section of your HTML page, replacing with the actual web page to which you want to redirect your viewers:

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2;url=" />

Here is an example with the correct line inserted in a typical HTML page. Note that it comes above the title tag.

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2;url=" />
<title>Page Moved</title>
This page has moved. Click <a href="">here</a> to go to the new page.

Additional resources and examples

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