Currently, I have Strict URLs disabled in my global preferences so that if somebody tries to access a page that doesn't exist, it will just bring them to the homepage. However, this only works on pages that are in the root of the folder structure. For instance if I go to http://mysite.com/nonexistant it will reroute me to the homepage as it should, but if I go to http://mysite.com/about/nonexistant it presents a blank white page.

I tried enabling Strict URLs and specifying a 404 page(because this will be what I do eventually) and the same issue occurred. http://mysite.com/nonexistant shows me my 404 page, but http://mysite.com/about/nonexistant displays a blank white page.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

Thanks in advance!

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    Do you have an 'about' template group or template within the default group? What happens at mysite.com/abc/def ? Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 23:39
  • Yes, I have an "about" template group. abc/def redirects me to the homepage. Thanks for the response!
    – APAD1
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 16:19
  • So it appears that the 404 page will display as long as their isn't a template group in the URL. Does anyone know how I can make the 404 page display for all nonexistent pages?
    – APAD1
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 20:24

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http://mysite.com/about/non-existent will load the http://mysite.com/about template.

This is because EE looks at that second segment automatically for a number of things... if there isn't a template name there it will try to load an entry with that url_title into the /about template.

To stop this behavior, add this into the /about template:

{if segment_2 != ""}

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