404 http response not working
Checking some warnings from Google Webmaster, i saw that non existent wpForo urls are DISPLAYING a 404 (not found) BUT the response header shows
HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
HTTP/1.0 200 OK (and stuck to a neverending loading page)
This is an old problem, that was fixed at some point and now it is back.
Could you please leave some example of these pages?
and goes to a semi-finished page.
Non existent pages (all of them) should return a clear 404 MESSAGE and also a full http 404 header response.
If there is n such page then there is no chance this page is indexed by google. so this kind of issues should be very rare. For example, here on wpForo we don't have such errors on google.
In any case, I agree, this should be 404 error. We'll take a look on this issue again.
I delete a Topic, clear all caches, i point to that (deleted) URL and i get:
So it is not ok as you say. You just display a 404. Not a real 404.