Adam Wade Harris

How to Redirect Pages in Jekyll

If you change the url of a page or post on WordPress, it automatically redirects from the old url to the new one. But since Jekyll is just static pages, it doesn’t do this for you. I didn’t really like WordPress doing this for me. Sometimes I didn’t want or need it to do that. With Jekyll, you can be in full control, but you have to remember to do it.

There are a couple of ways to accomplish this, but both use the basic html tags to do the actually redirect. I prefer the second option, with layouts to make it even easier.

Option 1 - Create a new page for each redirect

If, for example, you changed a page from videos/more-videos/index.html to media/videos/index.html, then just put this in the old file.

<html>
    <head>
	<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://www.lifestonechurch.net/media/videos/">
	<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.lifestonechurch.net/media/videos/" />
    </head>
</html>

Option 2- Use Collections to Keep Redirects Organized

Create a new directory called _redirects and then in your _config.yml file, add this:

collections:
  redirects:
    output: true
    permalink: /:path/

Then all you have to do is add a new .md file for each redirect you need to do.

If, for example, you changed a page from videos/more-videos/index.html to media/videos/index.html, then just create a file called _redirects/videos/more-videos.md. And inside of it put:

<html>
    <head>
	<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://www.lifestonechurch.net/media/videos/">
	<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.lifestonechurch.net/media/videos/" />
    </head>
</html>

Use layouts to make it easier

But you can actually make this easier. You can create a layout called _layouts/redirect.html with the following in the file.

---
---

<!doctype html>
<html>
    <head>
	<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url={{site.lcb}}{page.newUrl}{{site.rcb}}">
	<link rel="canonical" href="{{site.lcb}}{page.newUrl}{{site.rcb}}" />
    </head>
</html>

And then in your _config.yml, you need to add a default layout for all the files in your _redirects collection. So add this at the bottom of the file:

defaults:
  -
    scope:
      type: redirects
    values:
      layout: redirect

Then in your _redirects directory, the files can be simplified to this:

---
newUrl: http://www.lifestonechurch.net/kids/birth-preschool/
---

Option 3- Use the Jekyll-redirect-from Plugin

Github currently supports a limited number of plugins, and jekyll-redirect is one of them.

This option is actually really simple. Just add this to your config file:

gems:
  - jekyll-redirect-from

And then put something like this in the front-matter of the new page:

---
redirect_from: "/foo"
---
Posted April 20, 2015

author Adam HarrisWritten by Adam Harris who lives and works in Silicon Slopes. You should follow him on Twitter