window.location.replace(...) will best simulate an HTTP redirect.
window.location.replace(...) is better than using window.location.href, because replace() does not keep the originating page in the session history, meaning the user won’t get stuck in a never-ending back-button fiasco.
If you want to simulate someone clicking on a link, use location.href
If you want to simulate an HTTP redirect, use location.replace
// similar behavior as an HTTP redirect window.location.replace("http://stackoverflow.com"); // similar behavior as clicking on a link window.location.href = "http://stackoverflow.com";