We want to redirect a large section of our site, but we'd like to provide users with a message telling them where they are being redirected and why (i.e.: "This section is no longer maintained, you are being redirecting to a new section").
Is there a way to accomplish this while preserving a 301'esque redirect for SEO purposes? Also want to avoid any "sneaky" redirects that Google warns against.
Could you put the message on the landing page instead of a "between" page?
You might be able to check with something like php or another server side script what page they CAME from, and if so, have a little popup message that says: The content you are searching for has been moved to this new location" or something like that.
Maybe with php you can just check whether someone arrives via a 301 redirect?
"This section is no longer maintained, you are being redirecting to a new section"
Will this be a one-on-one redirect, or a block redirect where all requests for /olddirectory/anything-here.html go to /one-specific-page.html ?
If you've got a substantial number of redirects all ending up on the same page, you may be better off serving a 410 and then making a directory-specific 410 page. It depends on how many pages are involved.