Ultimate 410 Gone Status Code


In accordance with the HTTP Specification, the 410 status code in the response header indicates that the requested resource is gone (permanently removed).


  • When deleting pages, posts, categories or tags from WordPress, the ultimate 410 status code will ask if a 410 response code should be set for the deleted URL.
  • Add 410 URLs manually
  • Add 410 URL schemes via regex (regular expressions)
  • Bulk upload 410 URLs via csv-file.
    • works even if the csv-file contains a BOM

If you come across any bugs or have suggestions, please use the plugin support forum.


  • CSV Upload and table of already added 410 URLs.
  • Manually add URL.
  • Admin notice after page trashed.
  • Admin notice page URL added as 410.


Can I customize the 410 response message?

The default message is a simple plain text message that reads “410 – gone”. This is because many people want to minimize the bandwidth that is used by error responses.

If you want to customize the message, just place a template file with the name 410.php in your theme folder, and the plugin will automatically use that instead. Take a look at your themes’ 404.php file to see how the template needs to be structured.

Will this plugin work if a caching/performance plugin is active?

The plugin has been tested with the following caching plugins, and should work even if they are active:

  • W3 Total Cache
  • WP Super Cache
  • Cache Enabler
  • WP Rocket

We have not tested it with other caching plugins, and there is a high chance that it will not work with many of them. Most of them will cache the response as if it is a 404 (page not found) response, and issue a 404 response header instead of a 410 response header.

How do you handle trailing slashes?

The “Add URL” and the “Upload” functions consider the exact URL /page-to-be-deleted/ to be different from /page-to-be-deleted

Specify the exact URL that your site uses (with or without the trailing slash). If you want both URLs (with and without the / at the end) to return 410 gone status code, you can use regex like this page-to-be-deleted/? or add both URLs as simple strings.


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Contributors & Developers

“Ultimate 410 Gone Status Code” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • fix pagination issue affecting other WP_List_Tables
  • fix issue with deletion of regex that included backslashes


  • fix WordPress database error: [Specified key was too long; max key length is 767 bytes]