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What is the difference in a permanent vs. temporary redirection setup?
Posted by Senior Sales & Support (Import) on 22 August 2006 02:36 AM
The only difference is that your client (IE, Firefox, Mozilla etc) will get a different response of 301 or 302 and search engines seem to cache the information in different ways so that if it gets a permanent redirect it will ignore the original url in the future.

301 Permanent
returns a permanent redirect status (301) indicating that the resource has moved permanently.
302 Temporary
returns a temporary redirect status (302). This is the default and indicates to the client that the resource has moved temporarily.

So generally speaking it would be suggested to use the temporary redirect if it is going to be a permanent change to the navigation.

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