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There are two parts to redirect maintenance, keeping current links up to date and cleaning up your redirects file.

In our main Compiles check, we call a script that makes sure all internal links exist in our current build.

This means that the check will error if it encounters any broken links, even those that have redirects set.

We highly recommend this approach because:

  • The behavior of each link is much clearer.
  • You can troubleshoot issues more easily.
  • It simplifies any future migration.

​​ Redirect maintenance

We prune unused redirects in our _redirects file every couple months. This process helps us stay under the limit for Pages redirects, as well as keeps our file cleaner and more navigable.

  1. We check out the _redirects file from 6 months ago, which helps us avoid deleting recently added redirects.

  2. Using a script, we extract all of the target paths from our _redirects file into a CSV.

  3. Using that CSV, we join together data from a Logpush job that stores a sample of 301 and 404 requests to our docs site.

  4. Then, we evaluate redirects:

    • Static redirects: Compare to all 301 responses and - if the traffic threshold is low enough - remove that specific line from _redirects.
    • Dynamic redirects: Using a contains operator, review the amount of traffic reaching all subpaths. If the traffic is minimal, remove the dynamic redirect entirely. If the traffic is just going to one or two paths, swap out for a static redirect.
  5. Aftewards, we monitor the 404 traffic to our docs site using the same Logpush job. This step helps us identify whether we need to re-add any of the redirects.