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#7844 – How to determine how to redirect 404 URLs

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Thursday, 03 June 2021 06:58 UTC

Good morning,

I can use some help. Please look at the screenshots in the attachements.

I would like to know how to determine how to redirect the URL's?

How do you deside which URL you should use?

Best regards, Floris

Thursday, 03 June 2021 07:50 UTC


It's usually simple: normally, you do NOT redirect 404s.

The only 404s that you need to redirect are those where you changed a URL: you moved an article to another category, or you have a product not available anymore and you replaced it with another one, etc

The 404 error listing will have mostly robots requesting invalid URL and you do nothing about them.

The other interesting URLs in the 404 logs are URLs that are very close to real URLs, for instance you have 404s for /some-articl but you have a URL which is /some-article. It means either you have a bad link on your site - and you need to find it and fix it - or some user has made a bad bookmark. If there are a lot of requests for the bad URL, /some-articl, then you need to investigate. If it's only one or two, maybe you don't need to spend time there.

Best regards

Yannick Gaultier / @weeblr


Thursday, 03 June 2021 08:16 UTC

Good morning,

thanks for the quick and usefull answer.

Do you have any video tutorials about how  sh404SEF works?

That would be great.

Best regards,


Thursday, 03 June 2021 08:31 UTC


Video tutorials, not really, it would be pretty long. We do have a couple for specific items, they are part of the documentation

The biggest thing is that it's not so much about how sh404SEF works rather than what you want to do with it. For the most part, and SEF URL construction put aside, it's more a tool box than anything.

For instance, your question about 404s is not really something I can answer. I can provide guidelines and an opinion but everyone will have to handle them differently depending on their goals and their website characteristics.

Best regards

Yannick Gaultier / @weeblr


Thursday, 03 June 2021 08:33 UTC

Hi again

By the way, we are about to release 4SEO, a new SEO product that does not do SEF URLs but has a more automated approach to SEO so this might be a good alternative?

Best regards

Yannick Gaultier / @weeblr


Sunday, 04 July 2021 05:34 UTC
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