There are some user generated pages on my site. And those pages must be reviewed by the site administrator before published after once they are updated by the users.
So the workflow is basically just like this.
- A user (the author of the page) updates the page.
- Automatically this page is unpublished. (currently with 403)
- The site administrator check the updated page and publishes it back again.
My question is in the workflow no.2 when the page is temporarily unpublished what server response code it should return? (What the best response code for SEO?)
Now those pages are returning 403 but as I get a lot of warnings in google web master tool I just don't feel that it's the right way.
Those pages sometimes are left unpublished for some weeks but can I still use 503?