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404 to Start

Send 404 page not found error directly to start page (or any other page/site) to overcome problems with search engines. With optional email alert.

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Creates Soft 404 Errors
By ,

This is the incorrect way to handle a 404. You can specify a custom 404 page right in your .htaccess file. It's nice that there is a plugin for those that don't want to or don't know how to manage a .htaccess file, but this plugin does it in the wrong way.

The problem is it forwards the visitor to your "404" page, but the status code it gives is 200. So if old pages are indexed in Google, even though you are taking them to your custom 404 page, you're telling Google that the original page actually exists. It's inconsistent. It needs to give a 404 status.

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2409443/?ctx=MCE&ctx=S4&hl=en&authuser=1

Doesn't work with https pages
By , for WP 4.1

The plugin does not work if you want to redirect to an https page, only http.

Terrible for SEO
By , for WP 3.7.1

Redirecting a 404 page to the start page is an SEO disaster. Google wants the 404 page to be there, but be useful to the user( ie. you can add a search box, categories on your site, etc.; ie tips to help the user find what they were looking for). But redirecting to the start page is a no-no.

Errors When Saving Setting
By , for WP 3.5.1

Plugin crashes when attempting to save settings.

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