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[resolved] does this work with pages as well as posts? (6 posts)

  1. zanchit
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    My old obsolete website (not wordpress) is throwing up about 1000 404s in my new site and despite having submitted new sitemap to google, old urls are still showing up in the Google Search several weeks later.

    I would like to get rid of all these unwanted URLs or, if necessary, to redirect them to the home page. But I don't want to have to go through all the files one by one.

    Most of these 404s are html files, and seems some CGI stuff coming up too. Using 404 redirected at the moment, but the thought of manually redirecting 1000 defunct URLs is more than i can bear!

    I have only got a couple of posts. Most of my site is pages with galleries on. Would this plugin do the job?

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/permalink-finder/

  2. kpgraham
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    It will only redirect to pages that are owned by WordPress. The plugin know nothing about your other pages.

    Keith

  3. zanchit
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I only want it to redirect to wordpress pages. But the 404s are all from my old non wordpress site. So can I block redirect non wordpress urls to wordpress homepage?

    Also, when you delete obsolete urls do they then disappear from google index and sitemap?

  4. kpgraham
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    You may have to put an htaccess directive on the root of your website so that when there is a not found file or folder then you can pass it off to wordpress. If you are running WP in a folder then he htaccess is already there in the folder. You just need to modify so it works from the root.

    Then when there is a 404, WP handles the request and the plugin kicks in searching for a page that has a good match to the bad URL. It will send a redirect which will send to that page and notify the requester that the page has moved permanently. Google, in time, will change its indexes.

    Keith

  5. zanchit
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Thank you Keith. Though not sure I understand what i need to do to htaccess...Sounds quite complicated for a newbie?

    is there a step by step instruction?

    sorry if am being thick!

  6. kpgraham
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    I don't qualify as an expert. My approach would be to tinker with it until something worked. I don't think that I could do much. I gave it shot, but I did not get it to work.

    When I had a similar problem I followed the instructions I found on google for putting WP in separate directory and then WP created an htaccess file that worked on the root.

    Keith

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