I have a contact us page of my website at www.mywebsite.com/contact-us. when I type "www.mywebsite.com/contact" it redirects to this URL "www.mywebsite.com/contact-us". Why this is happening is not clear to me.
Basically, it's a canonical redirection.
In WordPress, there is a function named
redirect_canonical, or there's a canonical redirect feature which:
Provides an SEO enhancement which prevents penalty for duplicate content by redirecting all incoming links to one or the other.
For example, if one visits a single post page where the default or "non-pretty" URL looks like
1is the post ID) and if "pretty links/URLs" (i.e. permalinks) are enabled on the site, then WordPress would redirect the request (or your browser) to the proper post permalink which may look like
hello-worldis the post slug).
And that is to prevent search engines from treating the same post as two posts having a duplicate content, or that without the redirection, search engines would see two different URLs with the exact same content (despite the page source/HTML are different), hence a duplicate content penalty would incur for the site.
Other examples: ( Note: I intentionally omitted the protocol part (e.g.
| Type | Sample Default URL | Sample Permalink (or "Pretty URL") | |--------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------------| | Single Pages | example.com/?page_id=2 | example.com/sample-page/ | | Category archives | example.com/?cat=1 | example.com/category/uncategorized/ | | Tag archives | example.com/?tag=my-tag | example.com/tag/my-tag/ | | Post type archives | example.com/?post_type=my_cpt | example.com/my_cpt/ |
Attempts to find the correct link when a user (or you) enters a URL that does not exist based on exact WordPress query.
I.e. If a
404("not found") error was encountered, WordPress would try to resolve it by "guessing" what should be presented to the user, before eventually showing a
And in your case, that second point is likely what's happening — you don't have a page with the slug
contact, so WordPress tries to find one which contains
contact in the slug, and because you do have one (
contact-us), that explains why
www.mywebsite.com/contact redirects to the
And actually, that guessing part is quite cool.. in that if you're lazy or don't remember the exact slug, you could just type part of it. :) But that's just my opinion.
Hope this (revised) answer helps you!