I posted a message earlier on the "New to Being A Webmaster and Don't Know The First Thing About It So Please Don't Be Technical With Me" forum...and they suggested I ask you folks so here's my question (and please remember which forum I came from!)
My site is on a Windows 2000 dedicated server and, having recently been able to get my access logs, I have seen a lot of 404 errors (5,295 since February 1 - just looking at raw numbers, my boss didn't like that!). I totally renovated my client's site last August - same domain name, totally new content.
My two major culprits (is that a good word?) that are looking for pages that have been gone since August 2002 are: GET /c20.htm - 404 Mozilla/5.0+(Slurp/cat;+email@example.com;+http://www.inktomi.com/slurp.html) s5.htm - 404 Mozilla/2.0+(compatible;+Ask+Jeeves/Teoma)
I've been advised that I need to do a 301 redirect (for stupid .bots) via an .htaccess file. Do I have one with W2K and, if I do, where would I begin to look for it? I have very limited administrator rights, so even a vague direction about where to go with this would be appreciated. Or if there is another solution for Windows, I'd appreciate some insight into that also.
I was afraid you were going to say I'd have to beg my web host (it's not them, it's the adminstrator for the dedicated server that I have to beg - big bucks and not much knowledge but that's what I have to deal with).
So, might there be a forum for us Windows hosted hostages here, or are we pretty much on our own?
Many thanks - every message is another kernel32 of knowledge.
kicsibaba, you would need to put together a 404 redirect page to send the necessary messages to the bots. Our .ASP/.NET forum moderator has put one together here [xoc.net] that should get you started. It is based on XML but could also be modified to work with a database.