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I'm having trouble setting things up to redirect some old news articles a certain way, while still serving existing articles:

If a page exists at /news/my-article then it should be served as normal.

If that URL doesn't exist (ie, all non-functioning /news/* URLs), I want the user to be redirected to /news.

All 404s that aren't within /news should be handled as normal.

My first thought was to use a redirect tag in the 404 template, only if the request URL matches /news/*... but I'm not sure if that's too late in the process. By that time, has a 404 header already been sent, so the user would get 404 -> 301 -> 404 ?

  • Your first thought was my first thought, too. Have you tried it? – Brad Bell Oct 5 '15 at 18:14
  • I think it is working, yes... just testing a bit more. – Phil Gyford Oct 5 '15 at 18:30
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You could also set up a route for news/{slug} to point to your news template, and have it do the check to see if the entry in segment_2 is valid, and do something based on that.

I did something like this for my "members" pages:

 {% set thisProfile = craft.users.id(craft.request.segment(2))[0] %}

 {% if not thisProfile %}
    {% redirect siteUrl %}
 {% endif %}
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  • Nice, I like this, thanks khalwat! These news articles are actually within categories, so in the template, if the Entry doesn't exist, I can redirect to the category. This seems a more logical place for this stuff than in the 404 template. – Phil Gyford Oct 5 '15 at 18:51

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