Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Vik Pathania, Dec 23, 2014.
Can anybody tell what is the difference between custom 404 error and soft 404 error?
Never heard about a "custom 404 error" but "custom 404 error pages" may be that's what you have mistyped.
soft 404 error's are those error's or this error msg generally come's when any requested page dosen't exist in the server, on other hand custom 404 error's are created or set up for some specific purpose through .htaccess text file
404 error is returning for non-existing URLs resulting HTTP status 404 (Not Found)
soft 404 error is redirecting non-existing URL to a URL that returns HTTP status 200 (OK)
Both custom 404 and soft 404 are essentially the same returning a predefined 404 page with HTTP 200 status code.
Soft 404 errors are usually nice custom 404 error pages; however they send back a 200 response code. 200 responses usually mean everything's ok. Like being redirected to another page on your website, however the content happens to say 'sorry, page not found'
Normal 404 pages send back a 404 response code to the client. They can also be custom 404 pages though. The key being the response code sent back to the client.
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