[wp-hackers] Should Monthly Archive Pages ever return 404?

Chris Williams chris at clwill.com
Tue Mar 10 04:15:26 GMT 2009

The OP is talking about someone typing/editing the URL by hand.  E.g. taking
http://blog.com/2007/03 and changing the "03" to "04" when there are no
posts in April of 2007.

> From: Lynne Pope <lynne.pope at gmail.com>
> Reply-To: <wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com>
> Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:00:37 +1300
> To: <wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com>
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Should Monthly Archive Pages ever return 404?
> Sorry, but I have to ask this...
> If no posts existed for a monthly archive, where are the URL's to the
> archive coming from? How would people end up following an URL to a
> non-existent page?
> The only place I can see the potential for this happening is if a site is
> using a calendar that outputs links to non-existent archives. Surely that,
> then is a calendar issue which should be fixed?
> Call me dim if you like, but I just cant see how creating virtual pages for
> non-existent content helps anyone (least of all search engines trying to
> index content).
> Lynne
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