404 Alerter List of Categories
- What is the Landing Page (missing.html) and can I edit it?
- What is the .htaccess file and can I edit it?
- Will 404 Alerter record missing imnage files?
- Can I be notified only once a day?
- How do I reduce the number of notifications I received?
What is the Landing Page (missing.html) and can I edit it?
The landing page is a regular HTML page that Users are automatically redirected to whenever they request a page that does not exist on your website. You can upload it to any of your website's directories, you can rename it to whatever you like, with any extension (provided the extension is parsed by your server) and you can add your content such as text, images and other elemnts so that it suits your website's look and feel.
If you rename or relocate the file, you must also update the 404 Alerter settings defining the new name and path in the Landing Page setting and you must also update the .htaccess file so that the ErrorDocument directive also points to the new location and file name.
What is the .htaccess file and can I edit it?
A .htaccess file is file Apache looks for and then processes directives contained within it. 404 Alerter only requires one directive :
ErrorDocument 404 /missing.html
Where /missing.html is the path to the Landing Page. The .htacess file should be placed in your home directory, the directory your home page is in, so that all 404s are recorded.
Unix conventions are such that any file name that begins with a period (.) are treated as hidden files. Unless you've set your FTP client to show all files, you may not be able to see the .htaccess file in your directory listing. To show hidden files in WS_FTP Pro for example, you would enter '-al' without the quotes in the site's Remote File Mask. This file cannot be renamed.
Will 404 Alerter record missing imnage files?
Yes, it will record the details of any request for any missing file regardless of the file type. This includes all images, web pages and objects.
Can I be notified only once a day?
No, notifications of each 404 request can only be switched on or off.
How do I reduce the number of notifications I received?
You can do 1 of 3 things.
1. Switch notifications off altogether and simply log in periodically to review 404s.
2. Set 404 Alerter to notify you only when a Referrer is present. This can be done by setting "Ignore 404s with no referrers" to "Yes" in the Settings.
3. Set 404 Alerter to ignore certain records. This can be done by adding strings to the large text box at the bottom of the Settings page. Add one string per line. If the string is found in any of the Variables, the record will not be recorded and you will not be notified.