thanks for the proceedure, will do something like your recommendation. > i have not been doing meta redirects. thing is - if htaccess is blocked - eg streamline - youre snookered. or other reason cant run .htaccess > if the content has been pruned what to do then? send user back to index? > > > pruned is kind of an ambiguous term. sure, i should be more precise. yes mean removed entirely. client had some files which revealed too much to the WWW; ofcourse its all on archive.org so not much escape there! > if you mean removed, then sure, add a > 301 redirect in the .htaccess file to send the viewer to whatever page you > think makes sense, does not have to be the home page. im wondering what that would mean from a UX POV. would the user wonder what was going on? perhaps a special page (not a 404 page) saying that the user came in via an old link? perhaps something about why the content is gone? what it used to be?