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301 Redirecting via Javascript code on 404 pages

Have some code will it work?

11:02 am on Jan 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I'm just checking to see if this is best practice:

I want to 301 redirect pages using the below code on a custom 404 page, so that the code checks to see if its on a specific old URL, and if it is redirect to a new URL.

I'd like to check two things - first of all does the below code look ok?

JScript 404 Page Redirector
13.7.5 Created
var oldURL = new Array();
var newURL = new Array();

var strDomain = "http://www.example.com";
var strRedirect = "/";
var strPath = String(Request.QueryString());

oldURL[0] = '/site/example1';newURL[0] = '/example1';
oldURL[1] = '/site/example2';newURL[1] = '/example2';
oldURL[2] = '/site/example3';newURL[2] = '/example3';
oldURL[3] = '/site/example4';newURL[3] = '/example4';
oldURL[4] = '/site/example5';newURL[4] = '/example5';

for ( var i = 0; i < oldURL.length; i++)
if (strPath.indexOf( oldURL[i] ) != -1 )
strRedirect = newURL[i];

strRedirect = strDomain + strRedirect;
Response.Status = "301 Moved Permanently"
Response.AddHeader ("Location", strRedirect);


And what would be the best way to implement it? Should the code above print out HTML in addition, or can I just embed it on a custom 404 page in the site template?

Many many thanks if you can help, I'll shower you in praise and kudos! :)

[edited by: eelixduppy at 1:41 am (utc) on Feb. 10, 2009]
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3:57 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I haven't checked your code, but it looks like you're on the right track.

You need to check whether the old URL is matched, and if so do the 301 *else* return 404.

Also you need to check how the 404 page is setup in IIS. Depending on how it is configured IIS may return a 302 response first then the error page's status. Can't remember exact details but you can check your script works as expected with the LiveHTTPHeaders extension for Firefox.