Ability to Create 301 Redirects for Custom Domain
If your Zenfolio galleries point to a custom domain, there is no way to add 301 redirects in the case that you change your friendly URLs. The result is that search engines find 404 errors and the photographer has no way of fixing it. I would suggest a small section in the control panel that would allow users to add their own custom 301 redirects in the case that their Zenfolio galleries use a custom domain name.
Pennington Professional Photography, LLC commented
I changed the URL for one of my blog posts and I was hoping to 301 redirect it... guess that isn't possible? Wordpress is looking better everyday.
Wild Animal Photography commented
Unbelievable and very bad for SEO. It is vital to be able to redirect visitors from deleted images/pages to current ones.
Ed Steele Photography commented
You want it, I want it, Zenfolio won't do it. How's that for customer service??
"We do not support a .htaccess redirect on the site nor is it something that we plan to implement to accompany our service at this time.
I wish I could be of more help in this case, Ed.
Unfortuantely it is just not a service we provide.
Let me know if I can offer any more clarification on this.
Amanda | Zenfolio Customer Support
Visit our Online Support Center"
I would vote for this too if I hadn't run out of votes!
Chip Jones Photography commented
Yes, this feature could also be used by anyone who has moved their Custom Domain to Zenfolio from a different photo hosting provider. It needs to be implemented correctly so that it can do a URL to URL 301 redirect, NOT just a 301 redirect to the home page.
Without a 301 redirect solution, I end up losing all of my search engine page rankings when moving my custom domain to Zenfolio. With a 301 redirect solution, I'd keep my page rankings, and in addition, the search indexes on Google will get updated more quickly.
Added 3 votes. Not only is this an issue for the instance you describe but also if moving from another provider to zenfolio all your links will likely get broken! We need to be able to implement something like a .htaccess file to point all incoming URL queries where we want them.
Beautiful World Art Prints commented
Completely agree! I have no votes left, though. If anything I've voted for gets done, I'll through a vote here.
J. G. Coleman Photography commented
I recently changed almost all of the Friendly URLs on my groups, galleries, and collections... forgetting that, because my domain name points to Zenfolio with CNAME/A records, I have no way of adding redirections for the old Friendly URLs. Ordinarily, one could just add these redirections to the .htaccess file on his or her domain, but because my domain already redirects straight to Zenfolio, the .htaccess file is bypassed.
Bottom line: Google Webmaster Tools now lists something like 250 URLs on my domain as triggering 404 Errors (broken links)... and there's nothing I can do about it but wait, probably for a few months, while Google re-crawls and re-indexes my whole site. My SEO has taken an enormous hit as a result of problems that are really very simple and ought to be fixable.