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  1. Website Launch Checklist: 25 Things to Test Before Your Site Goes Live

    When a 404 (“page not found”) error occurs, make sure you have a custom page to help your visitor find something else of use, even if it wasn’t what they were looking for. Have you thought about what happens if the server goes down?

  2. 10 Website Quality Indicators That Can Sink Your SEO Battleship

    Generally, these can be fixed easily – in the case of a 404 error with a 301 permanent redirect or a server check for what is causing the 500 errors. Especially check for “404 page not found” issues or “500 server issues”.

  3. Dear CMS: Don't Hinder My Search Results

    Some CMS tools will handle custom 404 error pages by responding with a server code 200 success. This is problematic to the way search engines manage pages and server codes. Another key point is to check that your CMS allows you to create...

  4. Common Problems with 404 Error Pages

    When a nonexistent page is requested from the server, the server should respond with a special "HTTP Status" header value of "404 Not Found," which may also be followed by custom error-page body content.

  5. When's an Outage More than Just an Outage?

    During times of either configuration problems or simply an outage, a search engine may see one of the following: DNS is unavailable, Network is not available, 500s in a large volume, and if a server is setup incorrectly, it could see redirects to...