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I'm building a site in Drupal 8 that will have complex content best viewed using views. The basic pages should use nice and clean URL aliases.

Is there a way to stop the visitor from accidentally using /node/x in the URL and only allow accessing the views and pages that have aliases and organised in the website menus?

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Yes, in Drupal 7 this functionality was covered under the Global Redirect module. It has since been merged in the Drupal 8 version of Redirect.

Under the Redirect settings (/admin/config/search/redirect/settings), the Global Redirect section contains options to enable alias, non-clean, & canonical redirecting. This will enable you to redirect any requests from /index.php?q=node/X or /node/X to /my-canonical-content-alias.

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