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WWW Issuing 301s for www.cwru.edu

I've long lamented the fact that WWW wasn't able to do 301 redirects for HTTP requests from www.cwru.edu/whatever to www.case.edu/whatever. Quoting myself:

Heck, we're not even the first hit on a search on "case". We are the #2 hit listed as "http://www.cwru.edu" ← oh the irony of running a web server on WWW that can't do simple 301s.

You may think that I am just being nit-picky because I have to be the most demanding user in the world, but it's actually a pretty big deal. Search results and the ability to find information is a key ingredient of information architecture success.

Well, I have good news. I got an email last Friday from the Webmaster of WWW:

Jeremy,

Just wanted to let you know that I put in a redirect on the Case webserver. Any requests for *.cwru.edu result in a 301 redirect to *.case.edu.

Woohoo! Our search results will finally gain some sanity. Below, I've taken screenshots exemplifying some of the stupidity of our current search results. Over the coming week, the search bots that index our site will take into account the 301s, and a search over the www.cwru.edu domain will return the exact same hits as a search over the www.case.edu domain. In addition, the entire existence of a machine called www.cwru.edu will disappear and will never again appear as a result of a search.

Search for "apply" on www.case.edu
case search results for apply.png

Search for "apply" on www.cwru.edu
cwru search results for apply.png

Search for "email settings" on www.case.edu
case search results for email settings.png

Search for "email settings" on www.cwru.edu
cwru search results for email settings.png

Search for "enrollment" on www.case.edu
case search results for enrollment.png

Search for "enrollment" on www.cwru.edu
cwru search results for enrollment.png

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    Finally. I look forward to sane search results now.

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