Redirect web visitors whose javascript is disabled

Posted on 2014-03-12
Last Modified: 2014-03-12
I have an older website, whose features will degrade gracefully for browsers with javascript disabled.  A newly-launched website has features which would be more difficult to degrade gracefully.  I'd like to direct browsers to the old site by default, and over-ride that redirection with javascript.  I've tested this in the <HEAD>:

  <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=">

It seems to be working, but  I don't know if there will be unintended consequences.  Perhaps there is an alternative approach, or is this an acceptable method?
Question by:ddantes
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by:Ray Paseur
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What is the URL of the test site?  I'll be glad to try it in a few different browsers and let you know what happens.  

FWIW, I don't think there is anything wrong with your approach.  However, there are not very many clients who disable JavaScript (or cookies, for that matter) because if you remove these features you can't use most of the major and popular web sites like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, etc.

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ID: 39924993
Thank you for offering to test.  should redirect to  with nojs.

I agree, it's a small audience who disable js.  If there's no harm in accommodating them, I'd prefer to do so.
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ID: 39924997
That's the common way to do it and is supported in all browsers
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ID: 39925280
Looks like it work OK.  I got redirected every time.  I also got snotgrams from Facebook :-)

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ID: 39925319
Thank you for testing, Ray.  Please excuse my antiquated mentality, but what do mean about "snotgrams from Facebook"?
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by:Ray Paseur
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Facebook is "pretty lame" with JavaScript disabled.  They put a banner across the page to tell you how you are missing out on the "good experience."

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ID: 39925334
Got it!   Thanks again for your help.
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Thanks for the points and thanks for using EE!  Enjoy Spring Break! ~Ray

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