zane has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I'm currently thinking I'll do it this way:
- remove all of the content from the old site
- make the 404 file not found errordoc file point at a CGI script
- that 404.pl script will look at the filename they were trying to access, and do a fuzzy lookup of it in a hash of all the filenames in the new website's document tree.
- If there's a perfect match, then they'll just be forwarded seamlessly, if there are several matches, they'll get the list, along with the text fromt he DESCRIPTION meta-tag in the file
It would also work well for correcting typos or making broken links work, within a site. e.g. I move a file to a new directly, but forget to update some of the links. Someone follows the one of the old links, and, since the file still has the same name, the 404.pl script finds it and instantly forwards them, and they never see an error. (If it works, this could lead to great laziness on my part...)