404 to Start

Description

If you don’t like the typical 404 page than you can redirect all 404 page not found errors permantly (or temporarily) to the start page or any other site/page you like.

This will help you solve problems with external bad links which are not under your influence.

Chose between 301 – Moved permanently (default) and 302 – Moved temporarily.

Remove plugin

  1. Deactivate plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  2. Delete plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

It’s best to use the build in delete function of wordpress. That way all the stored data will be removed and no orphaned data will stay.

To do

More translations. Does someone wants to help?

Screenshots

  • Basic Settings

Installation

  1. Upload 404 to Start to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Adjust settings

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload 404 to Start to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Adjust settings
301 or 302?

It is generally not recommended to use a 302 redirect unless you are a search engine expert and can make a unique redirect page for each search engine. Each of the three major search engines (Google, Yahoo and MSN) process 302 redirects in a different manner. How to Write a 301 or 302 Website Redirect Using Php

Is there anything I should be aware of? Any limitations?

No.

How can I support you?

Post a comment on 404 to Start

What is the plugin page?

404 to Start

Do you have other plugins?

Check out my other WordPress Plugins

Where do I post my feedback?

Post it at the plugin page: 404 to Start

Reviews

Google advises against this

The plugin works great, as described.

However, here is Google’s advice on the subject: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/181708

Returning a code other than 404 or 410 for a non-existent page (or redirecting users to another page, such as the homepage, instead of returning a 404) can be problematic. Firstly, it tells search engines that there’s a real page at that URL. As a result, that URL may be crawled and its content indexed. Because of the time Googlebot spends on non-existent pages, your unique URLs may not be discovered as quickly or visited as frequently and your site’s crawl coverage may be impacted (also, you probably don’t want your site to rank well for the search query [File not found]).

We recommend that you always return a 404 (Not found) or a 410 (Gone) response code in response to a request for a non-existing page. You can improve the user experience by configuring your site to display a custom 404 page when returning a 404 response code. For example, you could create a page containing a list of your most popular pages, or a link to your home page, or a feedback link. But it’s important to remember that it’s not enough to just create a page that displays a 404 message.

We ran this plugin for years. Google recently emailed us to complain about too many redirects which is a big problem for mobile users, and when we removed this plugin, we got a second email about all the sudden 404 errors. We checked and many of the links Google was still trying to check on were over 10 years old. Regret using.

Works well, tested. can be better

Plugin works great, it would be greater if after a few seconds it apply the redirect. so google and other users and bots see the 404 page which is a must for SEO. so it needs to redirect to home page after a few seconds.

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Contributors & Developers

“404 to Start” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.6 (16.05.2017)

  • WP 4.7.4 OK
  • https urls possible

1.5.9 (19.05.2015)

  • Check with WP 4.2.2 OK
  • don’t report hacking attempts to e.g. not existing plugin folders (experimental!)

1.5.8.1 (05.01.2015)

  • New search engines: MnoGoSearch

1.5.8 (03.01.2015)

  • stopping alarm for /page/x calls because of ajax driven infinite scrolls

1.5.7.4 (07.06.2014)

  • Ukrainian translation. Thanks to Michael Yunat (http://getvoip.com/blog)
  • repair of Slovak language translation

1.5.7.3 (04.12.2013)

  • New search engines

1.5.7.2 (24.11.2013)

  • New search engines

1.5.7.1 (11.11.2013)

  • small bug fix where you could get too many mails

1.5.7 (11.11.2013)

  • Now even sends mail alerts if redirect is turned off

1.5.6 (11.11.2013)

  • New search engines

1.5.5 (10.11.2013)

  • New search engines

1.5.4 (28.09.2013)

  • New search engines

1.5.3 (26.09.2013)

  • New search engines

1.5.2 (23.07.2013)

  • New search engines

1.5.1 (13.05.2013)

  • Better search engine detection

1.5 (30.03.2013)

  • Bug fixing
  • Better search engine detection

1.4.3 (25.03.2013)

  • Translation

1.4.2 (24.03.2013)

  • Exclude logged in users from triggering email alert
  • Exclude search engine agents from triggering email alert

1.4.1 (18.03.2013)

  • Putting more information into alert mail

1.4 (17.03.2013)

  • Email alert

1.3.2 (27.02.2013)

  • Replacing deprecated function

1.3.1 (03.03.2011)

  • Tested on WordPress 3.5 – OK
  • Slovak translation, thanks to Branco from www.webhostinggeeks.com

1.3 (03.03.2011)

  • Set custom target Url (any page or site you like)

1.2 (24.02.2011)

  • tested with WordPress 3.1

1.1 (10.02.2011)

  • new settings menu
  • chose between 301 and 302 redirect
  • tested with WordPress 3.0.5

1.0 (02.01.2011)

  • first version