Drupal offers us the possibility to set the 404 page displayed for the end users (this can be set in the admin configuration).

Ex : If you type


you are redirected to

http://www.example.com/my-custom-404-page (alias for a node)

While this is a good approach for end users, what about the side effects for the Google bot ?

Generally speaking, if the Google Bot received a 404 error for a page, it will stop crawling it.

However, with the solution displayed above, the headers of the response page are :

HTTP/1.1 302 Found

So my question is : is there any way to have the 404 HTTP code while having a nice custom error page ?

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    Sadly true:( bot indexing that page. You can replace http header in a hook, eg. hook_node_view_alter(), if ($build['#node']->nid == your custom 404 page node ID) {, then drupal_add_http_header('HTTP/1.0', '404 Not Found'); – malcolm May 2 '13 at 10:38
  • I also like your hook idea. – Jean-Michel Garcia May 2 '13 at 12:49

Installing Custom Error will fix this problem.

I am using this module and I've set up custom 403 and 404 page for my site. Example: http://www.nemo-project.org/board/doesntexist - and it returns 404 according to http://www.seoconsultants.com/tools/headers

(I am not sure if this module is necessary to get the correct HTTP response codes, but it is a nifty module and does the job - I use it on all my Drupal 7 sites.)

  • Do you use it for Drupal 7 ? – Jean-Michel Garcia May 2 '13 at 12:43
  • No that obviously to me since I only worked with Drupal 7 :) Can't say what D6 looks like. – Jean-Michel Garcia May 2 '13 at 12:50

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