[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #5048: 301 old featured themes URL

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#5048: 301 old featured themes URL
 Reporter:  jonoaldersonwp   |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect           |      Status:  new
 Priority:  highest omg bbq  |   Milestone:
Component:  Theme Directory  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  seo              |

Comment (by jonoaldersonwp):

 Nope. This is our most prominent (only) result for a Google search of
 'WordPress' themes, and it now returns a 404.

 Because of the historical issues with this page/section, it's also where
 all of our equity relating to themes resides. That it now returns a 404 is
 disastrously damaging.

 If the section had previously been in reasonable condition, we might have
 got away with a 302, but in its current condition, the only choice we have
 is to implement a 301 and to try to rescue some lost equity. The redirect
 can be removed/replaced in the future.

 I cannot express how critical it is that we resolve this ''immediately''.
 Every second which passes whilst this continues to return a 404 harms the
 whole site.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5048#comment:2>
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