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Custom 404 error page - HTTP/1.1 200 ok

tommydamic68

Well-known member
#1
I have created a custom 404 error page, it retrieves a http/1.1 200 ok as you can see below, is this correct with a custom 404 error page? but if I type in a known 404 error page from my site, I get a 302.

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CyclingTribe

Well-known member
#2
I get a 404 with a .php extension at my Photography XF site - tested with Fetch as Google in WMT:

Code:
Fetch as Google 
This is how Googlebot fetched the page.

URL: http://www.photographerschat.net/dogsandcats.php

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:42:55 PM PST

Googlebot Type: Web

Download Time (in milliseconds): 308

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:42:56 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.4.11-1~dotdeb.0
Expires: Thu, 19 Nov 1981 08:52:00 GMT
Cache-control: private, max-age=0
Set-Cookie: xf_session=48862190819048f944f74f10162848ee; path=/; httponly
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
Last-Modified: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:42:56 GMT
Content-Encoding: gzip
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Content-Length: 6257
Keep-Alive: timeout=2, max=3000
Connection: Keep-Alive
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html id="XenForo" lang="en-US" dir="LTR" class="Public LoggedOut NoSidebar RunDeferred Responsive" xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml">
<head>
... same with .html extension:

Code:
Fetch as Google 
This is how Googlebot fetched the page.

URL: http://www.photographerschat.net/doesnotexist/notapage.html

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:45:22 PM PST

Googlebot Type: Web

Download Time (in milliseconds): 316

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:45:23 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.4.11-1~dotdeb.0
Expires: Thu, 19 Nov 1981 08:52:00 GMT
Cache-control: private, max-age=0
Set-Cookie: xf_session=74cd148ca8f532259fae0188c24cfdd2; path=/; httponly
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
Last-Modified: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:45:23 GMT
Content-Encoding: gzip
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Content-Length: 6273
Keep-Alive: timeout=2, max=3000
Connection: Keep-Alive
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html id="XenForo" lang="en-US" dir="LTR" class="Public LoggedOut NoSidebar RunDeferred Responsive" xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml">
<head>
 
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CyclingTribe

Well-known member
#3
Ah, having visited the site I'm guessing you're just asking if it's normal for a web server to return a 200 header response when serving a custom error page (non-Xenforo related) - yes, it is, as the custom page is found and served; however the initial request to the "not found" resource should return a 404 before going on to deliver the custom 404 page.

Best place to look is your web logs - request a specific URL you know will 404 and then grep your logs for those requests. (y)