Smart 404

I have just discovered a great WordPress plugin that significantly reduces the chance of a user ever seeing a 404 error page.

When a page cannot be found, Smart 404 will use the current URL to attempt to find a matching page, and redirect to it automatically. Smart 404 also supplies template tags which provide a list of suggestions, for use on a 404.php template page if a matching post can’t be immediately discovered.

What a superb idea! Try it out on this post. Go to the address bar and delete the word smart from the URL. It will still find this page.

  • http://twitter.com/kevinletchford Kevin Letchford

    That does work, but if you just miss type the url like http://boagworld.com/tumblog/smar-404/, which is probably more common to happen you still end up with boag brains all over the screen. 

    http://www.evolution-internet.com/

  • Anonymous

    It sounds like a great idea but I’m not sure how necessary it is. WordPress works really hard to avoid giving out a 404 message. For example, the following typos would all redirect or show to this post without the plugin:

    http://boagworld.com/tumblo/smart-404/,
    http://boagworld.com/archive/smart-404/,
    http://boagworld.com/smart-404/,
    http://boagworld.com/tumblog/smart–404/, and,
    http://bigredtin.com/no-cat/smart-404/,

    I’ve tested elsewhere to ensure it’s not the plugin doing the work.I think you’d be better off turning the URL into a search term and searching for results. A page that doesn’t redirect – eg: http://bigredtin.com/tumblog/1-smart-404/ – would then show a listing for the page.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry it’s all an unclear block, disqus doesn’t allow line breaks.

  • https://plus.google.com/105055611346748226555 Andrew

    Great, but does it have the potential to serve up incorrect pages if you mistype your own hyperlinks.  Also, how will it affect your Google Analytics, since you’ll never know that a 404 page would have been served?

  • http://8gramgorilla.com/ Gordon McLachlan

    Cool plug-in. Personally though, I’m a fan of fun hidden Easter eggs on 404 pages :)

  • http://twitter.com/gepetobio Gledsley Müller

    The plugin just saved me after the structure of one of the websites I deal with was changed. I still have to do some work with the htaccess file but I think I’ll keep this plugin for a little longer…

  • http://twitter.com/ysekand Yousaf

    This is a great plugin! 

    http://www.elevatelocal.co.uk

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