WP 2.3 Canonical redirection issues


In WordPress 2.3 they are attempting to reduce the multiple ways you can access the same content on your page. This is great, as search engines will no longer see duplicate content through your archives, single posts, and front pages, etc…

They call it canonical redirection, but it is causing some issues with our sites. When trying to access any part of the site through https it gets stuck in an infinite redirection loop.

There is a short one-line plugin to disable this redirection if you are having any issues with it, the plugin can be found at the bottom of this post on the new canonical redirection. We have submitted a bug to the WordPress trac system, and will be disabling this redirection until it gets resolved.

4 Responses to “WP 2.3 Canonical redirection issues”

Thanks for posting this Chris.

sam staffen says:

I recently got scolded for having an unhealthy site. I have only been site building since Feb 1. I had never heard of Canonical redirection until I was scolded by an SEO from PRO-Webs.net.
Once I heard of it I fixed it for the most part. I was unable to change the name of my file in my site builder but have changed all other links to my site and omitted the www. from everyone of them. Will it hurt to have the main file for my site saying http://www.?

Hey Sam,

It is true that having your content available on multiple URLs can cause issues with your page rank.

The issues we were referring to in this post were related specifically to a bug in WordPress that will hopefully be repaired in WP 2.5.

You can also ensure that you redirect to the non www site through htaccess. This site, http://no-www.org/ has more information on how to do that.

gmina lubin says:

Helpful info. Lucky me I found your site unintentionally, and I am surprised why this accident didn’t happened in advance!
I bookmarked it.

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