I have an increase in soft 404 errors.

Using Apache in my .htaccess file I have:

Redirect 301 /test.html‎ /page/pop/test
Redirect 301 /about.html‎ /about 

I have also tried:

Redirect 301 http://www.example.co.za/test.html‎ http://www.example.co.za/services/test 

however whenever I go to:


it just redirects to the home page

I also have: RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L] in .htaccess


Neither of your attempts to get the syntax for your "Redirect 301" rules is correct. The format should be:

Redirect 301 /relative-uri http://fully.qualified/url


Redirect 301 /test.html‎ http://www.example.co.za/page/pop/test
Redirect 301 /about.html‎ http://www.example.co.za/about 

As nathangiesbrecht says, your rewrite rule may also be interfering.

  • Tried this, it didn't work. I need the rewrite rule as the web project is using a framework so every request goes through index.php. Should i put it at the bottom rather? – stephen Oct 31 '13 at 13:36
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    The redirect rules should go first so that they happen first. – Stephen Ostermiller Oct 31 '13 at 13:37

The rule RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L] in .htaccess is redirecting all requests to your index.php page (home page). Remove that, and the rest of your redirects should work as expected.

  • Yes, all requests go index.php as the web project is using a framework, should I put it at the bottom rather – stephen Oct 31 '13 at 13:35

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