Support » Plugin: WooCommerce » Redirect Deleted Products

  • Resolved vcnickels

    (@vcnickels)


    We use WooCommerce as an online catalog for an Antique/Salvage store. As such, the vast majority of items we have in the catalog or “one of a kind” and periodically we delete those that have been sold.

    Consequently, we have a lot of 404’s

    I would like to redirect the product 404’s to 410’s and have a custom page to the effect of sorry the product is no longer in stock. etc.

    I can not find any information on how to do this. There are a number of Custom 404 plugins but from what I can tell they still send a 404 to search engines not a 410 and the 404 page they make is for the whole site. I am looking for a way to specifically make one for products.

    How can this be done?

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  • Hi there,

    How about adding a custom field to your product, “status” for example. When the product is sold, you change the status to “sold” and create a filter that for “sold” product, redirect to a new page.
    That means you don’t actually delete the product but “archive” it.

    Thread Starter vcnickels

    (@vcnickels)

    We delete them intentionally for a variety of reasons, archiving them doesn’t fit in. As it stands now with Woo if we mark an item sold, which we do before deleting them after a period of time, they stay out of the normal display. Adding a custom field is redundant.

    Plugin Support Missy a11n

    (@m155y5)

    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    @vcnickels

    I would encourage you to use some sort of 301 Redirect plugin to create redirects because if you simply delete products and let them go to a 404 page, the search engines are going to start dinging you for having an unreliable site. 🙂

    If you search the plugin repository for WooCommerce redirect, you should be able to find a plugin that will do this for you automatically on deleted products.

    Plugin Support Missy a11n

    (@m155y5)

    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    We haven’t heard back from you in a while, so I’m going to go ahead and mark this thread as resolved. If you have any other questions please feel free to start a new thread.

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