__/ [www.1-script.com] on Sunday 04 September 2005 17:46 \__
> Hello everyone!
> While messing with XML site maps, I got an interesting error message from
> Google: something along the lines of "your server returns 200 response on
> missing document, cannot proceed until 404 is returned". Of course it
> does, silly, I'm using custom error pages! So, what now, no custom error
> pages if you're using a sitemap? It makes sense, obviously: big G does not
> want to analyze content of every stinking page while expecting a large
> amount of errors in people's sitemaps pointing to non-existing pages. It's
> obviously easier for them to just look at the server's response and drop
> those that return 404, but what a webmaster to do now? I've been happily
> using custom error pages for years now and do not want to give up on them.
> Anyone's got a creative workaround here?
I came across the following a few minutes ago:
comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix -> Possible to return 404 error code with
custom error document?
Perhaps you can join that thread while it's alive.
Hope it helps,
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