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  • Resolved Rik0399

    (@rik0399)


    Hi John,

    I get this problem by the ton and am not sure if it’s someone maliciously doing this or a bot.

    I have a listing called – /pretty-flowers/

    Getting various themes on the above link such as :

    /prestige-flowers-is-voted-1-for-next-day-flower-delivery-and-review-florist-uk-editors-choice/

    So to catch these I used :

    /pretty-flowers/(.*) or /pretty-flowers(.*) – both with and without REGEX

    If I DON’T apply REGEX I see a 404, if I DO apply REGEX I see “Too many redirects” messege?

    Would appreciate a point, please.

    Obliged πŸ˜‰

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  • Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    Your example doesn’t match /pretty-flowers/ so I don’t know how they are connected.

    You cannot have regular expression characters without the regex option being enabled – you will always have a 404.

    If you create a loop then you need to stop the loop, by making sure your expression does not match the target.

    Thread Starter Rik0399

    (@rik0399)

    Thanks for that,

    I was hoping, understanding the problem, that you were able to offer a solution to what I was refering too?

    The full url would be :

    http://www.mysite.com/pretty-flowers/

    So someone/bot is using :

    http://www.mysite.com/pretty-flowers-is-voted-1-for-next-day-flower-delivery-and-review-florist-uk-editors-choice/

    So I want this to redirect to :

    http://www.mysite.com/pretty-flowers/

    So how do I do that, please?

    Many Thanks

    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    As in previous requests, it’s not necessary to fix all 404s. If someone is requesting a URL that doesn’t exist and isn’t linked, then it isn’t necessary to fix it – you will endlessly chase these, and it is a waste of time. A 404 is the correct response.

    If the URL is being legitimately requested because of an old link then it is easiest just to create a plain redirect for the exact URL.

    Thread Starter Rik0399

    (@rik0399)

    Hi John,

    I want to be able to redirect any/all URLs to relevant pages on my site not generate endless 404’s as these can be detrimental, SEO speaking.

    So, and as an example, if a URL is either not on my site or a malicious bot calling a spurious url and rather allow it to fall to a 404, I would much prefer to redirect such to a relevant area on my site such as my blog.

    So how do I make that happen, to cite my earlier examlpe, using your plugin, please?

    Regards,

    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    Legitimate 404s are detrimental. Spurious 404s are not. I do not advise redirecting these – it is a fruitless task with no benefit.

    If you still want to redirect that URL then your regex needs to match the spurious URL. Your examples above only match the valid URL, which is not what you want.

    These:
    /pretty-flowers/(.*)
    /pretty-flowers(.*)

    Match /pretty-flowers/. They do not match /pretty-flowers-is-voted-1-for-next-day-flower-delivery-and-review-florist-uk-editors-choice/. You need to match /pretty-flowers-is-voted-1-for-next-day-flower-delivery-and-review-florist-uk-editors-choice/ and not /pretty-flowers/

    Thread Starter Rik0399

    (@rik0399)

    Hi John,

    Thanks for that, appreciated.

    Here’s my problem …

    This URL is correct :

    /uksoccer-shop/

    The following url, of which /uksoccer-shop/ is correct but creates a 404?

    /uksoccer-shop/?feed_id=1750&_unique_id=5f6cf071902b1

    It only works if I do this :

    /uksoccer-shop/(.*) and checking REGEN?

    Hope that makes sense and again, my thanks for your time πŸ™‚

    Plugin Author John Godley

    (@johnny5)

    It’s a little strange that the query parameters cause a 404. Is that a plugin? Standard WordPress pages don’t react in that way.

    /uksoccer-shop/(.*) will match the target /uksoccer-shop/, which will cause a loop. Using (.+) means it requires at least one character.

    Thread Starter Rik0399

    (@rik0399)

    Hi John,

    Thanks for that, it’s driving me mad for sure.

    I would be happy to share the download csv file with you

    With so many expressions being thrown at the site, trying to pass on ID queries for record stats, and n top of that, tons of hackers trying to call WP files …

    A lot of work

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