Handling 404 Errors in Javascript  

Migrating between hosting and blogging solutions can cause headaches. Now that I’ve moved to an Amazon S3 hosted static website, I needed an intelligent way to handle certain features like tags and categories that I had with the blogger.com and Wordpress hosted site, without the need to host a server.

JavaScript to the rescue!

  • I first identified the specific causes of problem using the crawl statistics from Google’s Webmasters tool.
  • I then crafted JavaScript specifically tailored for these situations.
  • Put that into my 404.html.

This solution is specific to my use case, but you can get the idea.