Joomla 2.5 includes a new handy component referred to as Redirect Manager. The Redirect Manager keeps track of bad URLs, such as 404 file not found URLs, and allows you to easily redirect the broken links to other pages. In this article, we'll show you how to use the Joomla Redirect Manager.

To use the Joomla 2.5 Redirect Manager:

  1. Log into your Joomla dashboard
  2. In the top menu, under Components click Redirect
  3. You will see a listing of bad URLs. Click the URL you would like to manager.

    In our testing, we visited and this added index.php/FAKE-URL to the Redirect list
  4. Next to Destination URL, enter the FULL URL you would like to forward this expired URL to.

    In our testing, we entered
  5. Under Options, set Status to Enabled
  6. Click Save.

    Now, whenever someone lands on:
    ... they will automatically be redirected to:
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2013-05-08 2:34 am
Installed fresh Joomla 2.5.11 and created one article, then in Redirect Manager created a rule for http://joomla25.local/xxx to redirect to http://joomla25.local/index.php?option=article&id=1. Works great!

Changed rule to http://joomla25.local/1ex - doesn't work after that...

I found that such URLs don't redirect: /3f, /3d, /1b, /1e.

What could be a problem?
13,552 Points
2013-05-08 12:10 pm
Hello stan31337,

Thank you for your question. I tested this in my version of Joomla, and it is working successfully for me. Could you please provide exact steps you are taking, so I can try and replicate this issue?

Also, what happens when you test the redirects, do you get an error message, etc?

Have you tried clearing the browser cache, or testing in a different browser?

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

137 Points
2013-08-31 11:09 am
I manage a site that is hosted on InMotion. I have entered some re-directs, but they are not working. I do have re-write on "Yes" in global config, the htaccess.txt has been changed. I do have a custom error page set up, and do not know if that is interfering, or if I am missing something.
9,968 Points
2013-09-05 1:12 pm
Hello username, and thanks for your comment.

Unfortunately the email account you've submitted this comment under, doesn't seem to be in our system. I tried to look at some of your previous questions, and it looks like you have a shared hosting account, as well as a VPS account?

Can you please post the Rewrite rules you are attempting to use in your .htaccess file, and also give us the website you're having these problems on? If you don't want to disclose that information here publicly, please shoot an email to with the details of your issue and we'd be glad to take a look!

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2013-12-21 3:18 am
It's a great tutorial, thanks for this.
I have followed your instructions above and verified few URLs and working fine.
But here, I have an issue with .shtml. I am getting 404 Error message when I redirect the URL which have .shtml.

Here, I am able to redirect the url to
But not able to redirect the url having the extension .hhtml to

NOTE: We can redirect this through .htaccess file. But I don't want to place .shtml URL in the .htaccess file. Can you please give me any suggetion to redirect .shtml URL with joomla default redirect component....
5,399 Points
2013-12-23 11:49 am
Hi vendorrize, I just tested with Joomla 2.5.16 and I was able to successfully redirect a .shtml page. Is the redirect that you created showing up in Components >> Redirect?
n/a Points
2014-03-07 6:35 am

hi bradM

i am just lloking for two websites running on single joomla installation but i am not getting the steps to do this. please let me know the steps of using two websites on a single joomla


11,156 Points
2014-03-07 9:32 am
Unfortunately, it is not possible to run multiple websites from a single Joomla installation. You would need to install Joomla for each site.
n/a Points
2014-04-17 7:58 am

Light multisite features is possible with SEBLOD which including multisite feature totally integrated to native Joommla. Based on Joomla ACL system.


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2014-06-23 6:09 am

Hi Guys,

Kindly , can anyone help me to redirect read more in module to new article or page . I'm using Joomla 2.5

Best regards

Eng. Jamal

13,552 Points
2014-06-23 11:22 am
Hello Jamal,

Thank you for contacting us. I am not exactly sure what you are asking, but here is our guide on how to link to an article in Joomla.

If this does not answer your question, please provide more information so we can better assist you.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

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2014-08-07 2:12 am

Do you know if there is a way to just use the path after the domain and redirect it. Because when I move the website to another domain I have to edit everthing again. I need something like: /cars ->/new-cars mayber there is a spaceholder for it?!? Anybody know if anything like %domain%/cars -> %domain%/new-cars is possible?

23,972 Points
2014-08-07 8:42 am
Hello Philipp,

As far as we can tell by looking through the code, using a placeholder variable is not possible. However, you can certainly use a find and replace on the database to change the domain name. This will allow you to make all the changes at once and not have to take the tedious route.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-08-07 8:54 am

Thats a good idea. Haven't though about chaning it directly on the database. Thank you.

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