are redirections instantaneous or does it take time to become effective?
Category: Website Troubleshooting
If you do any redirections based off of DNS, for example you've made a CNAME change or an A RECORD change, you may need to <a href='http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/domain-names/dns-nameserver-changes/domain-names-dns-changes' target='_blank'>wait up to 24 hours before the change takes affect</a> (referred to as propagation).
<strong>cPanel / .htaccess redirects</strong>
When you <a href='http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/cpanel/cpanel-manage-domains/setting-up-redirect-cpanel' target='_blank'>setup a redirect within cPanel</a> (which sets up the redirect within a .htaccess file), the redirect is instantaneous. The only thing that would cause this type of redirect to not happen right away is local caching. If a cPanel redirect you setup is not working, please be sure to <a href='http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/how-to/clear-browser-cache' target='_blank'>clear your browser's cache</a> and then test again.
I hope this helps answer your question! Feel free to post a comment at the bottom of this page if you have any follow up questions.
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