WordPress Author Page 404 Errors

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series WordPress Hacks

WordPress is a great blogging platform; really it is a Content Management System (CMS) on steroids! With that said, the beauty of WordPress is that novice and professional alike are able to visually present information in a beautiful way — Code is Poetry! From time-to-time, though, things under the hood become confused. WordPress, as I mentioned, is a CMS on steroids in that it uses Structured Query Language (SQL) to hold information in a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) — for the geeks like me, RDBMS is originally based upon relational algebra and tuple relational calculus.  😉  This is a big reason why many folks in the Mortgage Field Services Industry utilize WordPress for their websites — we had reported on Joel McCall, National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) Regime Board of Directors Member and what may happen when people do not fully understand or employ professionals for implementation. Albeit, there is a soft movement for flat file systems to deal with blogging; to deal with folks whom really do not need the SQL set up, it remains to be seen whether or not it will gather any steam. Personally, I will stick with WordPress as I have been involved in the WordPress Community for years now.

What happens frequently is that the Ghost in the Machine (GITM which was my handle back in the 8088 days) trips the wrong thing on and oft times the right thing off. At the end of the day, everything is either a 0 or a 1; it is on or off as in binary. Perhaps you install a new plugin or a new theme and then BLAM! The dreaded 404 Page pops up — I have a few on my site and just haven’t gotten around to fixing them. On many things all that happens is that your Page Ranking drops a bit and you loose some folks. When you are having this happen on important things, though, you have to get it under control ASAP!

When you click on the WordPress author name link from categories or pages returns a 404 error, do not fret for Foreclosurepedia is here to help! Actually, we have set aside an ENTIRE COLUMN on WordPress and are going to address just about everything you will ever need to know FREE OF CHARGE — yeah, that will piss off the Money People! Anyway, like I had said earlier, the common reaction to 404 errors is to simply redirect, but Google gets pissy about that. Take a read from their Google Webmaster Tools,

Returning a code other than 404 or 410 for a non-existent page (or redirecting users to another page, such as the homepage, instead of returning a 404) can be problematic. Firstly, a page like this (called a “soft” 404) tells search engines that there’s a real page at that URL. As a result, that URL may be crawled and its content indexed. Because of the time Googlebot spends on non-existent pages, your unique URLs may not be discovered as quickly or visited as frequently and your site’s crawl coverage may be impacted (also, you probably don’t want your site to rank well for the search query [File not found]).

Yeah, taboo. Additionally, if you cannot get your author’s info (you or a guest writer) out there, you are toast! So, what do we do? Well, there is always the resetting of the Permalinks — this actually works on quite a few issues. It isn’t always a fix, though. So, remember I was talking about the Geek Speak SQL earlier? Yup, we’re going to do a little bit of surgery. Now, surgery only happens if you have the right staff and tools; what I mean is that to tell if you have a good web hosting provider you should have access to what is called cPanel. Inside cPanel you will have PHPMyAdmin. Open it and then locate the CORRECT WordPress Database. Then locate the proper user(s). Click Edit, correct your issue(s) and save! Now, an additional item to note here. If your SQL Databases are still “WP-” someone should have a bullhorn screaming into your ear, “Houston, we have a problem!” More on that in our upcoming WordPress Hacks Series.

Correcting spaces with the "-" symbol in SQL

Correcting spaces with the “-” symbol in SQL

Be very careful inside of your SQL Database. ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR DATABASE BEFORE DOING ANYTHING! I cannot stress that enough! I am an old school coder and I still back up daily, regardless, my entire website, and I always back up the SQLs before doing anything!

Here at Foreclosurepedia, I do a lot more than just raise hell in the Mortgage Field Services Industry. My love is for Open Source as it is far more than simply just coding; it is a lifestyle! You would be surprised how many Super Regionals have hired me to do both penetration testing and both configuration and installation of a plethora of platforms. For those of you whom are a bit more handy on the keyboard, I am putting out an article on hosting your own websites from your house! Yes, that is right! No need for a web host provider; your home router and a laptop — that’s right a simple, older laptop — become the gateway and server! I have worked with Clear OS for a bit now; I am actually writing some of the technical manuals for end users as I work with it in the field. Tiki Suite is another example and a great friend of mine, Marc LaPorte up in Canada, has been rolling this out for Enterprise Level folks as well. As many may recall, ISTAR runs on Tiki. More on that, though, in future articles!

If you ever need any help with your information technology simply give me a holler for a free quote! Sometimes the work is free if it will serve a greater good. The reality is that as I implement a Non Disclosure Agreement no one ever knows and we all know what happens when folks try to save a dime like Joel McCall! Drop me a line today and let me know how I can help you!

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