changing the 404 message
Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:47 PM
Well I went from just doing star trek reviews to doing movie reviews as well, so I changed directories around and now all those links on google are dead. the links would now be mysite.com/main_docs/trek/episodes/voyager/file.html
Well this really bothers me because I had no idea how over the past 4 months my site really began to catch on to search terms. Like, if you type in "Voyager Prime Factors Review" my site is number 6 on google. But again, the link is now dead.
So I'm not sure the best way to handle this. Should I change my 404 document to say "this page has moved, click here" so that people can get to the proper page. Should I do some sort of automatic redirect? should I put a message asking people to click to the home page?
I'm just not sure what to do, or how to change a 404 message. I had always thought 404 page not found message was client side; not server side, yet I have in my main directory of my site, a file called something like https_404.html
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:27 PM
It would also seem that those pages I thought were called https_404 is actually things called 504.shtml
Don't know what it does, but i am leaving it alone.
My solution was to just to create the old directory, simply put a quick message that this page has moved, and gave a link to the homepage. I only had about 10 documents to do that with anyhow, so it was not big deal.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:29 PM
I'm so tired I'm not thinking straight. Could some mod just please delete this entire thread. Thanks.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:47 PM
Edited by Andrew, 10 November 2012 - 06:49 PM.
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