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Will 40,000 301 redirects slow down a site? The 301 redirects will be from within the same site.

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We're using a plugin for this (Redirection WP) and the author mentioned this regarding the performance "The plugin works in a similar manner to how WordPress handles permalinks and should not result in any noticeable slowdown to your site."

Another thing too is he said "Apache .htaccess is not required - works entirely inside WordPress"

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  • Most likely, but hard to say how much. What kind of redirects: written in PHP, htaccess, nginx or something else? Can you give an example?
    – birgire
    Mar 29, 2016 at 21:54
  • @birgire We're using a plugin for this (Redirection WP) and according to the author "Apache .htaccess is not required - works entirely inside WordPress". Another thing the author mentioned regarding the performance of the plugin "The plugin works in a similar manner to how WordPress handles permalinks and should not result in any noticeable slowdown to your site." Mar 29, 2016 at 22:28

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It depends, if the plugin manually redirects each one of the links then it may slowdown. But, if is using regular expressions and then you end up with a few rules that handles all the redirection then it's not a problem.

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