Review: PHP Web 2.0 Mashup Projects

Web 2.0, as we will all have to consider at one time or another, calls for a new approach to development. Applications are not developed for developers, but for the end users, and web 2.0 has drawn our attention to the potential of a user-friendly we...

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Plain old static html error pages are in-descriptive and frustrating, one of the main to reasons webmasters commonly choose to make a mistake and redirect all 404s to their home page. Instead of redirecting, use PHP to let the user know what page they were trying to access and a note saying it no longer exists. Then give them a couple of options such as go back to referring site, continue your site's home page, etc.

You might also integrate an email function to let yourself know a page is no longer up, or a site is linking to a non-existent page on your website. Even an option for the visitor to report the non-existent page is a good idea.

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