404 Manager is a Perl (CGI) script that
can run on a Linux/Unix server (will
not work on Windows NT servers) and log 404 error page
The Reason For Its Creation
The Internet is
nothing more than websites with links on them that link
from page to page, but when
a link to a webpage that doesn't exist, this causes
the surfer to encounter a HTTP
404 Page Not Found page. 404 pages occur on
all websites and webmasters have to look through server
logs to see where and when these pages are encountered.
Some webmasters use link checkers that go through the web
pages on their website in order to detect possible 404
pages, but these link checkers can't check webpages that
link to pages on their website.
The Solution To The Problem
To solve the complete
problem of 404 detection, a script or program would have
to log all 404 pages that occur on the websites server.
A number of perl scripts are currently able to log 404 page
requests, like 404
Error Checker, Cliff's
404 Finder, Master
404 and Ri404.
All of these scripts are able to log 404 requests but only
logging the requests wouldn't make the script sufficient
to handle all the problems that occur with 404s. The following
list describes what 404 Manager has to offer.
Administration Script -
Included along with the 404 Manager log script is
an administration script
will allow the configuration of the log script to the
webmaster's requirements, as well as the viewing of
Automatic Configuration -
In the administration script, the script can automatically
configure a Linux/Unix server to use the 404 Manager log script.
Automatic Redirection -
The 404 Manager log script is automatically configured
to redirect 404 requests due to a mistake in the file's
name (will redirect a 404 request for the file 'index.HTML'
to 'index.html'). If the log script is still unsuccessful
to find a filename with the same name as the 404 request,
it will search for alternative extensions for possible
redirection (will search for files with alterative
extensions, like .htm and .shtml).
404 Redirect - Allows the
redirection of specific 404 requested webpages to
alternative addresses. Very useful if a link from
another website is causing 404s, with this feature
you can automatically redirect users to another address.
404 Managing - In addition to logging the 404 requests,
the log script can be configured to email 404 requests
to a given email address and to redirect 404 requests to a given page.
Copyright and Price
404 Manager is
copyrighted by Philipz Inc. in 2003 and shouldn't be distributed
without prior permission from Philipz Inc. The script is
free to use as long as the banner advertisement placed at
the bottom of each administration page is left intact. We
also request that you add a link to this page, from your
website's links page. If you wish to remove the advertisement
then you are required to purchase the script for $ 20. Click
here to download the script.