Question: Can you set up a 301 redirect in DNS?


301 redirects are used to permanently redirect one URL to another. These are crucial for SEO purposes as they help maintain existing search engine rankings when a page's URL is changed. However, it's important to understand that 301 redirects cannot be directly implemented via DNS settings.

DNS, or Domain Name System, is primarily responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. It does not handle HTTP status codes, which are part of the HTTP protocol managed by web servers.

How to Implement a 301 Redirect

To implement a 301 redirect, you must configure either your web server software (like Apache or Nginx) or use a service provided by your hosting platform if available. Here are examples for Apache and Nginx:


For Apache, you can add the following line to your .htaccess file:

Redirect 301 /oldpage.html

This line tells the server to redirect to permanently.


In Nginx, you would update your server configuration as follows:

server { server_name; location /oldpage.html { return 301; } }

This snippet achieves the same as the Apache example, but for servers running Nginx.

Alternatives for Managing Redirections

If you're looking for a way to manage redirects without modifying server files—perhaps because you don't have access—you might consider:

  1. Using Page Rules on Cloudflare: If your website uses Cloudflare, you can create a Page Rule to set up a 301 redirect.
  2. Redirection Plugins on CMS platforms: Platforms like WordPress have plugins such as 'Redirection' that allow you to manage 301 redirects through a user-friendly interface.


While DNS itself cannot be used to create a 301 redirect, there are various methods to achieve this depending on your web server or platform capabilities. Properly implementing 301 redirects is vital for maintaining SEO when URLs change.

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