404 to Start


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?


  • Basic Settings


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


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?


How can I support you?

Post a comment on 404 to Start

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Where do I post my feedback?

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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.



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!) (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 (07.06.2014)

  • Ukrainian translation. Thanks to Michael Yunat (http://getvoip.com/blog)
  • repair of Slovak language translation (04.12.2013)

  • New search engines (24.11.2013)

  • New search engines (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