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Adding redirects or shortlinks to your website

Last Updated: May 30, 2024, as of MereChurch 1.5.

It's easy to add redirects to your website. 

[...] A redirect is a line of code used to make browsers send users to a different URL than the one they were originally trying to visit. The new URL should contain similar information to the original, so it can fulfill a similar purpose.

Redirects are useful when you want visitors to be able to enter in a short URL (like /easter) and be redirected to a longer URL (like /events/church-events/sunday-service-easter-2025). They are most often used in short-term event promotion, but many churches also use redirects to make their most important pages easy to remember. 

To add and create redirects, navigate to your website Studio, then click 'Structure.' From the left-hand menu, click 'Settings' and then 'Redirects:'

An example of the Manage Redirects screen running in MereChurch 1.5.

From here you can click '+ Add Item' to add a new redirect. Each redirect has three options;

  • Source (what you want visitors to enter in, like
  • Destination (where you want this redirect to go)
  • Make this redirect permanent? In almost every case, this should remain checked.

Once added, you can use your new redirected short links just as if they were the direct links to the page you set as the destination.

If you still have questions, please feel free to get in touch! We're here to help you with your MereChurch.