Discover 404 HTTP Code in Statamic templates


The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) offers a wide range of status codes, providing crucial information about the current request. These HTTP codes play a vital role in search engine optimization (SEO) as search engines like Google use them to understand a website's state and index it accordingly.

One of the most well-known error codes is the 404 status code, which signals that a page has not been found. This can happen when a link leads to a non-existent page, or a URL is entered incorrectly. A well-designed 404 error page template can help to keep the visitor on your website despite the error and possibly redirect them to relevant content.

Statamic, a powerful and flexible content management system (CMS), gives you the ability to handle HTTP codes effectively. With its templating engine "Antlers", you can insert specific content or scripts based on the current HTTP code. For instance, you could insert a user-friendly text or a redirect to another page when a 404 error occurs.

The following code snippet provides an example of how to detect and respond to a 404 error code in Statamic:

{{ if response_code == "404" }}
        Sorry, the page you are looking for could not be found. 
        You may want to visit our <a href="/home">homepage</a> or use the search function.
        // JavaScript could be inserted here to trigger additional actions.
{{ /if }}

By implementing these techniques, you can improve your website's SEO, ensuring search engines always recognize the current status of your pages and visitors have a good user experience despite any errors encountered. Moreover, Statamic's ability to handle HTTP codes in this manner underscores its effectiveness and flexibility as a CMS.