How to add a client-side redirect

Proper 301 redirects will be available in Harp in the future. In the meantime, you can use a client-side redirect to point the location of an old URL to a new one, or redirect from one site to another.


First, create a new partial which contains the code for the redirect. The name isn’t special, you can call it anything you’d like. For this example, it will be called _redirect.ejs.

Inside _redirect.ejs, add the following code:

<html lang="en-US">
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">
        <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1;url=<%= url %>">
        <script type="text/javascript">
            window.location.href = "<%= url %>"
        If you are not redirected automatically, <a href="<%= url %>">click here</a>.

Now, within other files, you can pass in a url variable to indicate where you want a page to be redirected to.

For example, if you wanted /contact to redirect to /about, you could replace all the code within contact.ejs with the partial you just created:

<%- partial("_redirect", { url: "/about" }) %>

That url variable could be a page on your site, or an external page.

How does this work?

By using a partial, you can efficiently reuse the client-side redirect code and customize what page you’re redirecting to.

If you need to redirect many pages, this may not be the most efficient way. Feel free to leave a comment on this GitHub issues with your thoughts, and to get an update when the 301 redirects are implemented in Harp.