Hi everyone,

I understand that when you archive a post it's no longer visible to / accessible by visitors, but what happens if someone searches for it? Does it become a 404 error?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Jane.

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JeffreyBrown Premium
I've always wondered too, thanks for asking, Jane!

Jeff
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Triblu Premium
Hey Jane,

Asking Google your question (with additional info added)... see screen print below...

This too to be a great way to make Google happy.

However, if a post is outdated, I would sooner remove it and add a redirect for the post(s) (which Google likes too) I remove due to being outdated, as this seems to be a better method for keeping a website up to date as well as, lean and mean for loading when visitors arrive.

Hope you find this helpful.
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TherapyJet Premium
Hi Trish,
Thanks for your response. I agree with the lean and mean approach. I'll just create a 301 whenever I archive.
Hope all's good with you.
Jane.
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Triblu Premium
Hey Jane,

You may have misunderstood me. By lean and mean, I was referring to deleting old posts and adding a redirect, not archiving.

Hope this makes sense.
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TherapyJet Premium
OK Trish, got you, thanks.
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countrylife Premium
Hey
Yeah I find this tricky too, but please let us know outcome, am sorry not much help here, our responsive site support would figure out for us, thank you for your experience. Please reach out if you need help or a hand.
Wishing you well, continued success and a terrific day.
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TherapyJet Premium
Hi, thanks for your response. Will keep everyone posted once I have some answers.
Have a great day too,
Jane
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Newme202 Premium
Hi
I believe as it is still found in your WordPress back office, you would not get a 404 error.
This is what I found on the web

The typical trigger for an error 404 message is when website content has been removed or moved to another URL. There are also other reasons why an error message could appear. These include: The URL or its content (such as files or images) was either deleted or moved (without adjusting any internal links accordingly

I hope this helps
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TherapyJet Premium
Hi,
I'm still unclear what message would appear for visitors / possible SEO implications so I'll keep looking but thanks for your response,
Jane.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

It will stop appearing in the front-end but still can be found in your WordPress sites back office.
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TherapyJet Premium
Yes I understand that but my question is what happens when someone searches for that post? Does it show a 404 error? Thanks.
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TherapyJet Premium
OK Thanks, I'll check that out.
Jane.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
No worries, you are so very welcome.

Kindly let us know how you get on.
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countrylife Premium
Hey Abie
Is it really a template hierarchy?
Wishing you well and a terrific day.
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