Deleting/Re-directing Sites

Is your old site getting all the hits?...

... instead of this new one?...

... If you have a new site that is published but isn't being hit because the old site is still live, then you might need to request the site be re-directed, or removed.

Site re-directs:
A re-direct is when an alternative site appears after a re-directed and different url has been entered into the navigation bar. This can be useful for a couple of different situations; if other sites on campus link to your old site (e.g., but you want them to direct to your new and current site, then the re-direct will take the user to the new site url (e.g. You may also be in the situation where the search tool keeps coming up with your old site instead of the current one; for example, typing "international studies" into the byui search tool might yield a key match with an old url (, and thus push the actual current url lower down the search results. A re-direct can point the old url to your new site.

Deleting/Removing/Turning off a Site:
If you have a site that is no longer used (perhaps the program has been de-commissioned, or the site is old and out of date), then you can request for the site to be turned off so that it can no longer be found via the search tool, or even the url. Before making this request you must make sure that nobody is reliant upon the information or data housed on that site or web pages, and that it can't be found elsewhere online.

How to request a site removal/re-direct:
To request one of the above scenarios, the site owner/administrator/manager needs to email both the BYU-I webmaster ( and John Martinez ( stating either that the site is no longer useful and can be deleted, or that the site needs re-directing from the old site (provide the url), to a new and current site (provide the url).

"Key Match" Search Results

Another way to help bring your site out of obscurity is to request a key match search result. Simply email Jeff Dunster with the site url, and the associated key phrase (aka key work), for example, ["records retention" to]. An example of a key match can be seen below: