---- redirect external link to specified page on wordpress
lucy24 - 2:15 am on Apr 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
:: running around screaming in horror ::
You will, of course, not use anything remotely resembling this construction in your real code. I count three sets of ../ which is three more than anyone needs.
Normally wait time exists for a reason. For example, "You will be redirected to suchandsuch after five seconds" so the user knows what is happening. (Why the user needs to know this is not perfectly clear to me, since these pages never have a "click to forget the whole thing" option.) At a minimum, you're allowing time for the user to read something. What happens during the wait on your site? Preferably something other than "We're mad that you want to leave our site, so we're going to sulk for five seconds to punish you."
Sorry but the URL you entered was not found to redirect anywhere. Please check the link and try again.
... to which your average user will respond "Huh? I didn't enter anything, I just clicked on a link!"
You want to make the user wait for some period of time before you redirect them to ... yoursite.com/somedir/adifferentfile
Isn't it the other way around? If you click on a link to someone-else's-site.com/anything
you are first sent to your-own-site.com/transfer-point
and sit there for some period of time before you're allowed to continue. I was thinking something like the "Leaving Facebook" page-- except there you have to take further action to say "Yes, yes, I really mean it."