Google: JavaScript Redirects Not A Good Idea

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:21 am 1 by

Wind Rose Google

Gary Illyes from Google said on Twitter it is probably not a good idea to use JavaScript redirects. This was specific to redirecting users based on their location to a country specific version of the page. But Google has said before that server side redirects are the best.

Here is Gary's tweet:

In 2016, John Mueller said on Google+ (trust me, there was a Google+) "JavaScript redirects: If you can’t do a server-side redirect, using JavaScript is a good fall-back. If you’re using a JavaScript framework for your site, this might also be the only option. Caching depends on the server settings, and search engines have to guess at what you’re trying to do (index under R or S?)."

In 2010, John also told people to shy away from using meta refresh-type or JavaScript redirects.

Go server side when it comes to implementing redirects.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

 

Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community

Follow

Search Video Recaps

 
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: June 13, 2024

Jun 13, 2024 - 10:00 am
Web Analytics

Google Fixes GA4 Attribution Models To Better Associate Conversions To Paid Search

Jun 13, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google

Google Tests Larger Fonts For Main Snippet Title Link & Smaller Font For Sitelinks

Jun 13, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: Disallow Crawling Of Action URLs (Buy Now, Sign Up, etc)

Jun 13, 2024 - 7:31 am
Bing Search

Bing Tests Black Review Stars In Search Results

Jun 13, 2024 - 7:21 am
Google Maps

Google Local Pack Photos With Labels

Jun 13, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Google Tests Bold & Large Ad Titles In Snippets