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Fixing Lost Web Pages

Published on 4/16/2015
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Are Your Visitors Lost?

I did a PR yesterday about the need I felt to remodel a website I use, but that opened another sandtrap I thought some may be interested in avoiding.

Since I did the original site back in 2007, obviously some of the pages on there were desperately in need of attention (or just needed to go away), which means broken links all over the Internet trying to lead interested prospects to my pages and all they see is 'Page Not Found'.

I know there will probably not be more than a handful, but it's so simple to fix, I would do it for a couple of them. Who knows, one may just be your next house on fire promoter!

The first thing I did was type this into Google: site:oldbuddy.info

It produced a list of all the pages they have indexed (some were not on the new website) so I could make sure any new pages or folders I used were spelled correctly. If anyone clicked those links I want them to find the page, but what about the pages that were no longer wanted?

Use a plain text editor (like the free  Notepad++) and type up a file with these lines ( of course edit the url) and save them as .htaccess (or if your host is fussy, htaccess.txt so they will let you upload it and then rename it) and put it in the root directory of your hosting account (where your home page is).

ErrorDocument 400 http://oldbuddy.info/lost.html
ErrorDocument 401 http://oldbuddy.info/lost.html
ErrorDocument 403 http://oldbuddy.info/lost.html
ErrorDocument 404 http://oldbuddy.info/lost.html
ErrorDocument 500 http://oldbuddy.info/lost.html
ErrorDocument 502 http://oldbuddy.info/lost.html
ErrorDocument 504 http://oldbuddy.info/lost.html

(If you already have a .htaccess add this to the top)

Then as long as you create a page and call it lost.html in the same folder, anyone searching for a file or folder that does not exist, will be shown that page. You might as well make a mild pitch, as let them see some obscure error message.

This stuff is not nearly as hard as some people think.
(as long as you know how, or have me to ask)


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