Using javascript instead of PHPs header function for redirect

Posted on 2006-06-29
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Are there any disadvantages to using javascript for redirects vs. PHP's header function?  We are not concerned with users who have javascript disabled.
Question by:luxurylink
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mattjp88 earned 300 total points
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If you are not worried about the non-JavaScript people, then no, there are no problems.  You would save on bandwidth by using the PHP header function though, then it only send the correct page, as opposed to the old page and then the new page.  If there is something on the page that shouldn't be seen by certain people and you are using javascript to redirect them, then that is a security risk because they could just disable Javascript and they could see the page.

But if you have the option of working with all users, or just some, the choice for which option to choose is clear.

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Well, you will not get the "You are about to be redirected to a connection that is not secure" warning, so that's a pro :))
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by:Harisha M G
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> We are not concerned with users who have javascript disabled.

Then NO !

But I would go for META redirect

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by:Harisha M G
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<META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" CONTENT="0;http://www.something.com/somepage"
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by:Harisha M G
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oops forgot >

<META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" CONTENT="0;http://www.something.com/somepage">
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by:Harisha M G
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You must put that between <HEAD> and </HEAD>

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