How to Build Redirect Software
You can build redirect software yourself. It’s completely possible! While possible, it may not be the smartest decision.
Building redirect software begins with having a clear idea of your needs and your capabilities. If you're going to build your own redirect software, you're going to have to do a lot of research into what kind of redirect software you need for your business.
To do it yourself, you’d likely spend a few hours at first... But then you’d realize you’re having trouble with HTTPS and wish to track the analytics, and you keep needing to manually add new redirects in the database as you're missing a GUI. The additional hours and money you burn on all of this will end up making you rethink building it yourself.
Redirects, like many “basic” features, seem simple on the surface, but there is a whole iceberg of hidden needs and requirements underneath.
For example, there are two main types of redirects: temporary and permanent. A temporary redirect is used when you want your link to go to a new location, but that new location won't be permanent. If you're moving your website from one domain to another domain, you'll need to do a temporary redirect so that users can access the new website and you don't lose any traffic.
A permanent redirect is a bit different. If you want someone to access your website at another URL permanently (a common practice for site owners), then this is the type of redirect for you.
If you want to be sure you maintain security, keep up site traffic, and maintain SEO, paying for a redirect software will be the best choice.