Hi can anyone please help.

I have a template group called "blog", in that template group i have the following:


"index.html" holds all the blog items getting pulled through with channel entry tags limited to 9 with pagination.

<a href="{page_uri}">view page</a>

The "view.html" naturally holds the indivudal item.

Lets say


is an exisiting url HOWEVER

If it was miss-spelt or someone made up a fake url eg:


Basically what happens at the moment is the page constantly loads. I have strict_urls enabled and have a set my own 404 page which is in a template group called "site" and its name is "404.html". This works fine when there is just one incorrect segment eg: /fake/

How can i get any not genuine segment_2's to redirect to the 404 page.



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Like mark says, require entry in combination with the no_results conditional
(i generally use dynamic=no and point the tag to the segment myself)

{exp:channel:entries channel="blog" 
  require_entry="yes" url_title="{segment_2}" 


  {if no_results}

Handle list and detail: With a single catch-all template

At a later stage you can use add-ons and sophisticated tools, but a basic way to clean up things is a couple of simple(1) conditionals, for when you actually mean 404. e.g. when segment_2 is empty you want to show the list, but when no entries are found just show a message, not the 404. When an invalid url_title is provided (e.g. segment_2 not empty) only then redirect to 404

{exp:channel:entries channel="blog" 
    {if segment_2==""}limit="9"{/if} 
    {if segment_2!=""}require_entry="yes" url_title="{segment_2}"{/if} 

    {if segment_2==""} (listview) {title} {/if} 
    {if segment_2!=""} (detailview) {title} {body} etc.{/if} 

    {if no_results}
      {if segment_2==""}Sorry no entries we're found{/if} 
      {if segment_2!=""}{redirect="404"}{/if} 

Handle list and detail: With Sub-templates

Or split up in the index template and have two templates to handle things separately:

{if segment_2==""}{embed="blog/listview"}{/if} 
{if segment_2!=""}{embed="blog/detailview"}{/if} 

Other thoughts

This gets ugly and sophisticated soon if you also want to catch archives (2014/10), and categories (category/bada55). At which point you can decide to use dedicated templates for each:
blog/ (list),blog/entry/... (detail), blog/archive/..., etc. and then you have to decide if blog/entry/ (empty segment_3) should 404 or redirect to /blog/

or ... go with some add-on solution (switchee, conditionals, template partials with stash etc. or resource-router (tip, for, if you're into PHP and like to catch stuff early!)) Anyway, whichever you choose, you'll probably regret it later on also, for maintainability sake. So, in the end, it is all a matter of taste, tools and practice that you need to grow onto and into.

Happy coding...

(1) Simple conditionals has/had to do with parse order. The simple {if segment_x} conditional is parsed early. This is a topic by itself, which i leave to the reader to lookup.


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