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    Seo and soft 404s


    My 404 error page showing http status 200 ok.
    How to get 404 status " http/1.1 301 moved permanently ":q?:
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    You have what's known as a "soft 404 page" (returns incorrect header status code).

    What you need is for your 404 page to return the correct header code (404)!

    If it's built in php you can simply add these lines at the top:
    <?php header("HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found"); ?>
    <?php header("Status: 404 Not Found"); ?>
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    does 404 page really benefits, if i modify it ?
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    Originally Posted by nuskhe.in
    does 404 page really benefits, if i modify it ?
    A custom 404 page is always a good idea, otherwise people might just leave your site altogether.

    Google something like "great 404 pages" for some good examples.
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    A custom 404 is a good idea and - as Ivan says, there are plenty of good ideas out there, but you must make sure that the correct header code is returned; "soft 404's" can harm your site rankings.
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