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Improved 404 Error Handling

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I have removed 404 error handling from the CMS.

When content was requested from the database, the CMS would generate a 404 error message if the requested records didn’t exist but the 404 page would be delivered with a “200” status code (despite my own rant about this).

I have written a couple of Apache handlers that intercept the request phase, check the database for the existence of the requested record(s) then either generate a proper 404 (record doesn’t exist) or pass control back to Apache (record does exist).

Should look a little better to the search engines now - as well as making my access logs a little more accurate! :-)

Mon 27-Sep-2004,
04:26 hrs (GMT)