Turn Off URL Monitoring In Redirection WordPress Plugin When Using WooCommerce

This is a public service announcement for users of WooCommerce and the Redirection plugin. Your product pages could be redirecting visitors to the home page.

I potentially just lost hundreds of dollars in sales due to a clash between these plugins.

There’s an option squirrelled away in the bowels of the Redirection plugin to have it automatically created 301 redirects based on if you’ve modified a page or post. I’m not sure why but it is also doing it with WooCommerce products as well.

Here’s the thing…

IT DOESN’T WORK SO WELL WITH WOOCOMMERCE PRODUCTS!

I wrote that in caps because I’m effing pissed off that I didn’t notice this earlier and for most of the month (or longer) the Redirection plugin has dutifully been redirecting people from several of my add-on product pages on ThirstyAffiliates to the home page.

Here’s what the option looks like, you’ll find it under the Options page which you can get to by clicking on Tools->Redirection and clicking Options in the list of links up the top.

Turn Off URL Monitoring In Redirection

According to the stats it gives me it only redirected a few hundred people so it seems to have picked this up fairly recently (like in the last month) and thank god it was on some of the less popular add-ons.

Still, given the conversion rates I’m used to on these pages this could potentially be worth several hundred dollars.

So don’t make my mistake, turn off the URL monitoring in Redirection if you want it to play nice with WooCommerce.

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7 Responses to Turn Off URL Monitoring In Redirection WordPress Plugin When Using WooCommerce

  1. Raph October 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Thanks heaps for this tip, Was having exactly the same issue on my store and just couldn’t figure out what was going on!

    • Josh Kohlbach October 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      No worries Raph, glad you found it useful! It’s a bit of a tricky one to figure out as the symptoms are just plain weird.

  2. Sas November 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Same here!
    Thanks a bunch for this article. I was pulling my hair out over this issue!

    • Josh Kohlbach November 10, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Not a problem, glad it fixed your issue!

  3. Jp December 9, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Thanks for the tip. I am in the process of setting up a webshop and have the redirect plugin installed also. This saved me a lot of trouble probably!

  4. Azunga January 16, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Thanks so much for this… it was super frustrating.

  5. Atif June 6, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Thanks for your help. I was working on this issue for last 2 hours, It was looking fine when I installed custom permalink plugin but again got this problem may be at that time my redirection plugin was deactivated. Thanks again for this article.

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