404 To Search

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Turn navigation errors into sale opportunities: not found pages become search queries with valuable products.
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404 To Search

404 To Search is a smart extension to redirect all 404 pages on a store to Magento built-in search form.
You can create custom templates to parse URL's query strings deleting keys label and passing to search form only values.

404 To Search is fully multi-store compatible and support custom models to specifiy what parts of URL or query string have to be passed to search form.
Directives can be concatenated each other and are processed after Magento built-in rewrite rules, allowing you to keep manage specific single URL redirects on your own.

Redirect engine is based and fully compatible with Magento engine, and is configured to give a standard 301 HTTP status code (Permanent Redirect) on all requests.

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Version 1.0.0

2012-02-06 01:05:19
  • Version number: 1.0.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1
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404 To Search 3.2 5 24 24
Rubbish i downloaded the extension and it broke my homepage. tried to fix it but no use. no support from developer what so ever. dont install this it wont work. waste of time October 16, 2014
Was not as good as the write up, broke theme. Removed. Found install easy, however as others have said here it does not work as it should. Urls that are escaped are seen as 20This 20Is 20A 20Test etc and are no use. Returns 404 not a 301 so to Google and the like nothing has changed. Breaks homepage by adding in extra data to the body class tag. Uninstall does not remove all the changes. F- April 9, 2014
Broke my main page Worked quite well on some of the 404 pages i saw on my stats - found about 50% of the pages However it broke my main page - my sliding blocks completely disappeared and even when this extension was disabled they didnt work. Luckily completely removing it brought my main page back to life March 11, 2014
Great feature but no functionning as described the search queries are redirected to the search engine. Good point for customers. However the HTTP status code is 404 instead of 301 as described. Bad point for google. support site is only in Italian, paid support. December 6, 2013
Brilliant Clean Extension We use Google Custom search and this is the perfect compliment. Magento search suggests products on the otherwise 404 url. Installed flawlessly - Well written code. Thanks! August 23, 2013
How to solve compile bug Remove: require_once "Mage/Cms/controllers/IndexController.php"; In the file IndexController.php and the plugin works with compiling. June 11, 2013
Excellent idea but !!!!!!!!!!!! Errors when complilation mode is enabled Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class Mage_Cms_IndexController in /var/www/magento/includes/src/Mage/Cms/controllers/IndexController.php on line 116 June 8, 2013
Excellent So much more functional than an old 404. As I migrated from another platform, this really helped with getting my customers to their desired destination, without processing thousands of redirects. Brilliant, thanks! May 23, 2013
Great extension, but one question I love how it works, our customers don't get the 404 error page anymore but a perfect search result. Great.. There is one question i have. It sais that it will return 301 messages to google, right? But i still have loads of 404 errors (not found) for all my old url's on google webmaster help. March 19, 2013
Very handy extension but two annoying problems This is a very handy extension, but I found two annoying problems: 1. If your site's base URL is not set to the root of your domain, the base path is incorrectly included as a search term. ie. If you use '' instead of '' as your site's URL, then 'myshop' will always be included as the first search term. 2. If the incoming URL contains '+' or other non-alphanumeric characters, these will be converted to underscores in the resulting search. ie. The 404 URL '' would search using 'myshop some_product' and not the expected terms 'some product'. For those who are confident with modifying files on their site, below is the quick hack I used to solve both problems. File modified: app/code/community/IG/404ToSearch/controllers/IndexController.php ... $urlInfo = parse_url($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']); if (!empty($_SERVER['HTTPS']) && $_SERVER['HTTPS'] !== 'off' || $_SERVER['SERVER_PORT'] == 443) { $urlBaseInfo = parse_url('{{secure_base_url}}'); } else { $urlBaseInfo = parse_url('{{base_url}}'); } $qs = $helper->getQueryString(preg_replace('/\_/', ' ', substr($urlInfo['path'], strlen($urlBaseInfo), strlen($urlInfo['path']))), $_REQUEST); $queryHelper = Mage::helper('catalogsearch'); ... March 9, 2013
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default search template is {{_url_}}
How can i change this? I need to look for certain keywords in the requested url and search for them accordingly.

Installation of your extension was easy and now i only need to configure it with my custom theme and configure the layouts etc. before pushing it to the production server.

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