Simple redirection using PHP and HTML meta tag

Something everyone needs once in a while… maybe you moved a file on your server or you did not install wordpress in the root folder of your webserver – like I did neither 😉 – a redirection or forwarding can be an easy answer.

The script is rather simple – it redirects in three ways to provide a reasonable fall back if any of the automatic redirecting fails. To use it on your server, just enter the URL/address/file name/folder you would like the user to be redirected to in the second line of the page/script.

Put the whole code and markup in a file with file extension “.php”.
In my case, every user ending up at “www.svenbuschbeck.net” should to be forwarded to “www.svenbuschbeck.net/wordpress/home”. So I adjusted the script below like “$url = ‘wordpress/home'”, named the file “index.php” and put it in the root folder. Done :).
<?php
$url = 'put your URL between the parenthesis';
header("Location: $url");
?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"/>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=<?php echo $url; ?>"/>
<title>You will be redirected... </title>
</head>
<body>
If you are not redirected automatically, please click <a href="<?php echo $url; ?>">here</a>.
</body>
</html>