[wp-hackers] Rewrite hacking/recreation
Eric A. Meyer
eric at meyerweb.com
Mon Jan 29 21:50:26 GMT 2007
At 4:22 PM -0500 1/29/07, Eric A. Meyer wrote:
Sorry to follow up on my own post, but I made some changes that
alter claims made earlier.
> 1. The feeds, while they exist and are all working now (hooray!),
>also get the server to return a 404 header, which seems bad. I'm
>pretty sure that's WP's doing, though I can't be absolutely
> I'm kind of afraid that WP is spitting back a bunch of 404s, so
>that browsers and search engines think every page in my blog is a
>404 page. That would be kind of icky.
I checked in detail and most pages and feeds seem to be returning
200s, so that's good. The 404-response exceptions among the feeds
<http://meyerweb.com/eric/recent-links/rss2> (as mentioned above)
The other feeds (as listed on <http://meyerweb.com/feeds/>) work fine
and return 200s; four are WP-generated, and two are not.
> 2. <http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/> returns a plain old
That's still a problem. Sub-pages of the archive that depend on
rewriting, like <http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2007/01/>, work
just fine. The archive index page WP-404s whether I try to rewrite
it or not.
> I also have a whole bunch of pretty-permalink rewriting I did on
>my own back in the day, and which I assume I could drop now.
>Hopefully I will, once I sort the rest of this stuff out...
I tested dropping them, and I either got raw 404s or got WP to
cough up the pages but using the main template, not the archive
template. So I put the rewrites back in, and commented out the WP
rewrite block entirely. After which...
> 3. Any 404 on my site (like <http://meyerweb.com/kuhwfs>) now
>rewrites to the home page, in flagrant violation of my .htaccess
>file, where I define site-wide error pages.
Now that I've taken away the WP rewrite block in the .htaccess
file, this is no longer an issue. Non-WP 404s are served as they
should be. WP-404s are still served up from WP, which means I have
two 404 pages, one of which tries to be helpful to the user (hint:
it's not the WP one), and I still get a WP-404 on the main archive
In all, kind of a Charlie Foxtrot situation.
Eric A. Meyer (eric at meyerweb.com)
Principal, Complex Spiral Consulting http://complexspiral.com/
"CSS: The Definitive Guide," "CSS2.0 Programmer's Reference,"
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