Technical SEO

Meta Refresh Redirect

Shahid Maqbool

By Shahid Maqbool
On Jun 21, 2023

Meta Refresh Redirect

What is Meta Refresh Redirect?

A Meta Refresh Redirect tells the web browsers to navigate to a different web page after a specified time. 

The code for the redirect goes in the head section of a webpage's HTML. It contains a new URL and a refresh time.

When a user visits this web page, the browser reads the meta refresh tag and redirects the user to the designated URL. 

You may see "Redirecting in 5 seconds..." messages. That's a meta refresh redirect waiting before loading the new page.

Google recommends avoiding meta-refresh redirects in most cases. They can be used for specific purposes like if you are unable to use an .htaccess file or when you are trying to redirect a single file in the directory with multiple files.

To better understand Meta Refresh Redirect, make sure to read our detailed post on Redirects.

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