The plugin author has never demonstrated much interest in maintaining the plugin but some kind soul seems to have taken it upon themselves to fork it to fix a security issue: https://github.com/GDKeller/404-redirected.
I used 404 Redirected with much success for several years, several years ago, but had recently uninstalled it. I am trying it on a staging site; when I activated it, there was a warning banner, "The plugin generated 693 characters of unexpected output during activation. If you notice “headers already sent” messages, problems with syndication feeds or other issues, try deactivating or removing this plugin." but otherwise no noticeable ill effects and the plugin seems to do what it has been designed to do. Obviously, your mileage may vary. Fingers x'd
Not been updated for 2 years.
Had a problem with it creating error messages on the server which were dealt with in this post.
Otherwise, works alright.
We were struggling with endpoints, which were brought in to WooCommerce 2.0 and above. Basically, whenever the site tried to go to an end point such as my-account/edit-address, the page would just be re-directed to the my-account page.
We had the 404 redirected plugin installed and it was this plugin causing the issue. So, we de-activated the 404 redirected plugin and hey presto, endpoints in Woocommerce were working again.
at first i was looking for a wildcard option. After starting to use this i realize this is a much better approach. have not tried the auto because we do not have corresponding pages for 99% of the pages that were removed.
It just needs a little user-experience tweaking in my opinion to make it an excellent plugin, but I install this on nearly every site of mine, especially ones that I've migrated from other platforms and I'm definitely satisfied with the results.
Note: I always turn off that 'automated redirect' junk because it never produced good results for me.
I used to like this plug-in a lot. Then it stopped working properly. The referrer functionality has a bug in it that causes that piece of data to stop being visible when a 404 error occurs. This renders the plugin difficult to use, and makes it impossible to tell how to nip problems with bad URL's in the bud.
Upon contacting the developer for advice, I was informed that the plugin is no longer supported, and there are no plans to do so.
This pluging strips the gclid tagging that adwords adds to the url. This results in your Adword activity not being properly tracked in Analytics.
The plugin does what it is supposed to do quite well, it redirects anything that is not a valid permalink url to a valid permalink url, however this has unexpected consequences for many important wordpress features.
Anything that uses endpoints or uses post data (woocommerce checkout, forgoten passwords, google analytics) will be redirected to a valid url that strips the post data and endpoint information.
Took a very long time to figure out that it was this plugin that was causing this problem and unfortunately as of the time of writing there is no clear warning that the plugin will have this effect.
This would be manageable if the settings page supported more dynamic ways of redirecting.
Works well for very simple static sites that only require redirects for misspelled urls.
This is a great plugin. Thank you
While I don't pretend to understand most of it, I do know this much:
-It logs 404 errors.
-It makes it easy for me to create redirects.
-It doesn't appear to have broken anything.
I'm bummed that it appears to no longer be supported. From what I've read the author is talented and, as a natural consequence, very busy. I'm sure this plugin is low on his list of priorities.
Nevertheless, I wouldn't think twice about donating more than a little to get an update. Please consider updating it Robert! Then give me a way to donate and I most certainly will.
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