I've got a WordPress site that includes pages pulled from a different database. The problem is that these other pages return a 404 status code. (The WordPress posts/pages are fine.)

The 404'ed pages display fine, and I removed the "Page not Found" text from the title tag in WordPress. But Googlebot and W3C see the 404 header.

So: wow does one tell Apache to suppress a 404 status? And will Apache override WordPress's 404 header?

Does that make sense? What other info and things should I be looking at?

Can I suppress the status code in .htaccess so I don't change WP core files?

4 Answers 4


You can either add custom rewrites to your pages. Or on the top of the template files that wrap your other pages just output header('HTTP/1.1 200 OK');.

  • 2
    Great fix rather than using .htaccess and for fixing just the non-WP php page templates. Thanks! Commented Jun 14, 2010 at 17:28
  • There is a built-in function for this: status_header(200);
    – guidod
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 18:31
  • Wouldn't you really want to tell the browser and others that this page does not exists. Otherwise someone can index your site saying that yourdomain.com/annoying/not_to_pleasent_url.html exists - and you don't want that
    – Trond
    Commented Mar 31, 2021 at 22:02

WordPress offers the function status_header() to return the correct status-code.

You can call this function inside your WordPress template/function:

// Will return http status header "200 OK"

Wordpress is PHP, so look for where it's sending something like:

header("HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found");
  • Accidently downvoted you, but changed it. I'd rather not change WP core files. Commented Jun 14, 2010 at 17:32

Take a look at the pre_handle_404 hook (added in v4.5.0): https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/pre_handle_404/

// add to your functions.php
add_filter('pre_handle_404', function($preempt, $wp_query) {
    global $wp;
    $customPages = ['custom-1','custom-2','custom-3'];

    if (in_array($wp->request, $customPages)) {
      $preempt = true;

    return $preempt;
}, 10, 2);

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