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redirection question

about checking redirects



12:01 pm on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is my first post although I've been a lurker for a long long time.

If it's in the wrong forum then I apologize! - this one seemed like the best bet. (The question's about redirection and someone else posted in this forum about that.)

Ok, my question is simple: Suppose I have a large (say over 5000) list of URL's and I want my computer to check each one to see if it redirects, and if so to which URL it redirects. How do I achieve this other than by manually typing in each URL and seeing if it redirects?

I guess that it's possible to write a program to do this but I have almost no experience in that area. I don't expect anyone to tell me how to write the program, but perhaps someone could tell me if it's at all difficult, and where I might go to pay someone to write the program. Is there a website where you can pay people to write a simple program?

Thanks in advance :-)


12:12 pm on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'd use Xenu - it's primarily a broken links checker but it also gives you a report on redirections.


8:01 pm on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Alex.

I have tried Xenu but it's not doing quite what I want. After putting in a list of url's I set the level to 0 to stop Xenu checking for broken links for each site and make sure that it only checks to see if the url redirects. But it still runs very slowly.

Another problem is that I'd like the results to be exportable into Excel. (I.e. the results should be in 2 columns; in one column I want the list of url's I entered, and in the adjacent column I want the url's that each of these url's redirects too.)

Anyone know of any tools that will give me this and run quickly?



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