How to prevent Error 404 Pages
Error 404 pages is common headache for every website owner. There are many reason for generation error 404 pages. I want to express some reason which was occurred in my website. If website owner change the structure of permalink, old permalink will be error 404 page. If you delete your old post with out redirecting it then it will be error 404 page.
How to track your error 404 pages
How to Prevent Error 404 Pages
Suppose one of my post URL was ” http://bloggingexpress.com/2014/03/12/ create-blog-website-step-step-tutorial” and I changed its permalink and converted to “http://bloggingexpress.com/create-blog-website-step-step-tutorial“ . If I do not redirect this old URL, this URL will be error 404 page. There is a remedy to prevent error 404 page like this. Just you have to redirect your old permalink to new one. Or If I delete a page like ” http://bloggingexpress.com/tutorial” then this page shall be error 404 page. To prevent error 404 page I redirected it to my home page (bloggingexpress.com)
You can easily prevent this error 404 page by redirecting this page to 301 pages.
How to redirected Error 404 page to 301 page
Redirection is very easy by using “Redirection” plugin. It is a free plugin in wordpress. After install “Redirection Plugin” activate it and go to tool menu from your wordpress dashboard and click on Redirection. Now put your error 404 page like “http://bloggingexpress.com/2014/03/12/ create-blog-website-step-step-tutorial” on Source URL and put your desire URL on Target URL to http://bloggingexpress.com/create-blog-website-step-step-tutorial/ and click on Add Redirection. Your 404 error page converted to 301 page. See this image for better understanding.
The plugins are WP 404 Images Fix, 404 Notifier, Google 404, Smart 404, The Free 404 Plugin, Dunstan-style Error Page etc.