Creates automatic redirects for 404 traffic and page suggestions when matches are not found providing better service to your web visitors.
My first review and rating were premature. Though I do not know what caused the error, I was able to resolve the problem in my .htaccess file.
Uninstalling the plugin also seems to create problems, so I'm keeping it installed for now.
I'm uneasy about recommending this, as it requires a pretty high level of knowledge. I'm just geeky enough to be dangerous. ;-)
The plugin does seem to be doing what it is supposed to do.
Everything seemed to be working fine, but I noticed a drop in site traffic. Only by serendipity did I discover that anyone not using "www" in the URL received this error message:
Warning: Division by zero in /home/xxxxxxxx/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/404-redirected/includes/functions.php on line 208
Not really interested in tracking down bugs on a plugin. Either it works, or it doesn't. This one does not.
I love the plugin over all. It's super easy to use - much easier than doing manual redirects and much more graceful. The UI is pretty intuitive and well built as well.
It has one kind of glaring omission for the more experienced webmaster - the ability to omit particular URLS. It becomes an issue with any plugin that requires variables on the end of the url - or for custom UTM analytics campaigns. It permanently redirects them to a non-variable page url, effectively breaking the plugin and stopping your campaigns from being logged in analytics. I had to manually edit the script (see the support forums) to account for those.
So, I recently migrated all posts and products from Drupal to WordPress, while switching webhosts, but keeping same domain for my work's site: http://www.qbservices.net
This plugin is a godsend, because although our entire directory structure has now changed, I did migrate the posts. So I bring up the 404 redirector, it tells me which pages people are trying to get to and are receiving 404's. It redirects a lot of the traffic automatically (I haven't really looked at this closely yet to see if it is doing a good job of guessing). Otherwise, the ones that are still missing, I just click on and using a drop-down I can select the post it is trying for. Voila! Now future hits for that post or page will go to the right one.
What I think would be better: I go to the second tab, "Captured 404 URLs" and then I click twice on the "hits" column in order to see which pages are getting high numbers of bad hits. Obviously I want to fix the ones with highest traffic first. So, I edit the redirect... I want to head straight down the line and go from highest traffic on down... But, every time I create a redirect, then it reloads to the "Page Redirects" tab. Then I have to click on the second tab again, then click on hits twice again, then I am back where I want to be. I have to do this every time. I think it would be very useful if the main default page were the one with most important missed links, so you can fix them in a row, most important to least. Otherwise, it is like 3 or 4 clicks in between each edit.
Thanks for the great plugin though, it does the job!
would be perfect if you didn't need to edit your template's 404 page to insert the PHP code to do the auto-matic suggestions
Although there are a few UI improvements that could be made, I was really blown away by how easily this sets redirects for you. WordPress usually does a pretty good job of getting users to the right post when there's just a simple permalink issue, but it's not a true redirect. This plugin takes care of that. I'm uncertain of there are any performance issues to be aware of just yet, but I'll be keeping an eye on things.
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