Support » Plugin: Redirection » Redirection plugin, big mess

  • Resolved PeteComwest

    (@petecomwest)


    I had settings on /%postname%/ always, but then I needed some plugin that can redirect all 404’s / wrong written addresses to frontpage, so I installed Redirection plugin.

    When I tried to configure it, it told me something about wrong API or something and ask me to click the button. It started to run something, and after that all of my post – and other links go to 404 page ?!! What a heck happened and how to fix that?

    Everything works only if I set the address structure to ‘plain’.

    What’s broken there now, and more, how to get my site back normal?

    • This topic was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by PeteComwest.
    • This topic was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by PeteComwest.
    • This topic was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by PeteComwest.

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  • This is VERY important !! NEVER happened before anything like this in 15 years in any WP blog with any other plugin !!

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by PeteComwest.
    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by PeteComwest.
    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    Without knowing what you saw and what you pressed it is hard to say. However, nothing in the Redirection setup will cause a 404 for your pages, and the plugin is almost certainly not the cause of the problem you experienced.

    What is a URL that is not working? Do you have access to the plugin and have you created any redirects? Have you tried disabling the plugin?

    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    Also, I would not advise you try and redirect 404s to your home page. A 404 is the correct response for a page that does not exist, and redirecting them could have negative effects on your site.

    Fortunately the blog was really new with just few posts, so when no one answered here, and nothing changed whatever I tried to do, I took whole blog done and build it again exactly to same as it was still yesterday.

    What I want to do with 404 redirect is not because possible broken URL’s, but for those who type the address wrong ONLY. To those people I don’t want to give 404 page but redirect them to index/frontpage.

    How’s that done with your plugin or what you would advise to do for those typo-writers?

    edits: typos corrected as well never English studied can 😉

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by PeteComwest.
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    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    So your site and the plugin is working ok now?

    As I said, I would not advise creating a general redirect from a 404 page to your home page. If you have specific 404 URLs you want to redirect that’s fine, but a global one is not a good idea. Instead you should look at making your 404 page better, with something like https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/404page/

    You can create a redirect for specific URLs as explained here:

    https://redirection.me/support/create-redirects/

    Yes the site is working but your plugin is not there, at least not yet.

    “What I want to do with 404 redirect is …. for those who type the address wrong ONLY.” <— THAT’s the thing I want to do. Right now any wrong writing in URL takes to 404 page, and that is really annoying.

    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    I’m not sure I really understand the point you are trying to make.

    I will restate that I don’t advise you generally redirect a wrongly typed URL. The correct response is a 404 page. While you may personally find it annoying, it is incorrect to redirect them all somewhere else and it would be better to improve your 404 page.

    There in “Theme editor” is 404.php page.

    Now it’s differend than yesterday. Now if I type after my address something/anything like this https(my URL)xxx where there is no any xxx page, it takes me to 404 page which tells me this:

    Error 404 – Page not found
    It looks like you can’t find what you’re looking for.

    This may be because:
    You typed the address incorrectly
    The page you are looking for has been moved, updated or deleted.

    Try the following:
    Check for misspelled URLs
    Press the refresh key on your browser (usually F5)
    Go back to the Homepage

    (that is translated with Google to English, so may have some wrong words, but look like OK)

    THAT is exactly and the only thing what I wanted !

    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    What you have just described is a normal 404 page. This is what happens by default and you are not taken anywhere – the URL remains the same and a 404 page is just shown. Redirection is not involved in this.

    Your original message states that you do not want this 404 page, and instead want to be redirected to the home page – the URL changes and you are shown the home page.

    At this point it may help to give real examples and explain what is happening now and what you want to happen.

    Problem was that that was not the 404 page what I got yesterday, but black page with just few words like “404 – page not found”. So the page I see now, was not there.

    That today’s 404 is OK

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by PeteComwest.
    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    Ok, so everything is working? I’m really quite confused as to what the situation is, what you need help with, and how it is related to the Redirection plugin.

    How related to Redirection plugin?

    “so I installed Redirection plugin.

    When I tried to configure it, it told me something about wrong API or something and ask me to click the button. It started to run something, and after that all of my post – and other links go to 404 page”

    That’s how it was related

    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    Yes, I remember that. And then I said that I don’t think it is related, and that Redirection does not have the ability to change your posts to 404s. I then asked some questions to try and help figure out what happened.

    So, to repeat, can you give an example URL that is not working when the plugin is installed and running? What happens if you then disable the plugin?

    Please can we avoid going round in circles.

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