Why Can't You Use the Back Button on Some Websites?

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On some websites I visit, using the back button will not work unless you hit it several times in a row. I'm using IE. An example is United Airlines.

If I go to:

http://www.united.com

and then go to the worldwide websites at:

http://www.united.com/page/article/0,1360,2578,00.html

and then go to the site for the Netherlands at:

http://www.unitedairlines.nl/english/index.html

If I then hit the back button, I just get a refresh of the Netherlands page without going back to:

http://www.united.com/page/article/0,1360,2578,00.html

Is there something in the website design that is preventing this? Are there any strategic reasons you can think of why United would not want me go be able to use the back button?

Thanks.
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That's because there's a refresh on the first 2 pages that's set to 0 so it redirects instantly to the new page. The solution is click View|Go To and pick the page in your recent history list where you want to back up to.
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Thanks! I know how to overcome it. I guess the reason why United wants this is so you don't end up using a cached version of the website where fare, flight, seat selection or other information has changed.
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most sites coded to display info directly from a database are like
that. and all for the reasons you stated and many more.
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This also happens on pages that use a browser redirection script. Since the script can detect the browser immediately it automatically brings you to the new page without you really noticing, thus when you hit back you are actually backing into the redirect page again.
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What are some of the other reasons?
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Sometimes Companies buy out other companies. Last month, for example, Symantec bought out Powerquest (The original developers of Partition Magic and Drive Image, etc.)

Here's a link to watch.
http://powerquest.com

Right now, when you go there, you'll get exactly where you clicked. However, I'll bet that before long, Symantec will redirect that page to their own domain. My expectation is that they will eventually want to migrate completely away from the PowerQuest name and I can almost guarantee you in the not-so-distant future if you try to go to that link, you'll be redirected as detailed above. But obviously, many people "expect" to find Partition Magic by going to powerquest.com and there are going to be a lot of search engine references to it for some time. It's a perfect way to get people to where you want them to be.
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security is a big reason. another is that when you load info
from a database, especially one that supplies order information
where the data is limited (seating, quantities available, etc)
this limits the capabilities to load or unload more than the
original amount you specified in the first place. Going back
might accidentally load or unload double the quanitity to the
order and throw it all off.

I hope that made sense, i typed it quickly.
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Also, a lot of the time, people will use these pages as basically just search-engine fodder...

They'll fill it full of good-stuff for the search engines (the search engines not seeing the refresh meta)..

That gets them up high ranking (in theory) for whatever search the intend it to be. Then when a human goes to that page, it forwards to what they really want you to so.

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