Download Redirection: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/
Redirection is a WordPress plugin which gives the user a very handy interface for easily creating redirection rules and keeping track of 404 errors – Page not Found – without requiring advanced knowledge.
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It is very important to prevent 404 Errors from occurring on your website.
The reason it’s important is because if a Search Engine has found a page, image or other item on your website and the location changes and the Search Engine isn’t redirected to a new location then it simply deletes that entry from it’s records.
If a person has bookmarked a URL on your website, or if someone created a link to a location on your site, and you change the location, then that link breaks and people trying to find your site no longer can.
404 Errors happen when you:
- Delete a page/post/image from your website
- Update your website and move content from one URL structure to another
old website = http://domain.com/pages/about.html
new website = http://domain.com/About