WordPress tip: Email alert for 404s

August 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

As a conscious web developer/website owner, you probably want to keep track of 404 pages on your website or blog. Instead of having to manually dig in the log files, what about an automatic script for reporting 404 errors via email?

To implement, simply include this script at the top of your theme’s 404.php file. If your theme don’t have a 404.php file, then create it.

<?php // WP 404 ALERTS @ http://wp-mix.com/wordpress-404-email-alerts/

// set status
header("HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found");
header("Status: 404 Not Found");

// site info
$blog  = get_bloginfo('name');
$site  = get_bloginfo('url') . '/';
$email = get_bloginfo('admin_email');

// theme info
if (!empty($_COOKIE["nkthemeswitch" . COOKIEHASH])) {
	$theme = clean($_COOKIE["nkthemeswitch" . COOKIEHASH]);
} else {
	$theme_data = wp_get_theme();
	$theme = clean($theme_data->Name);
}

// referrer
if (isset($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'])) {
	$referer = clean($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']);
} else {
	$referer = "undefined";
}
// request URI
if (isset($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']) && isset($_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"])) {
	$request = clean('http://' . $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]);
} else {
	$request = "undefined";
}
// query string
if (isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'])) {
	$string = clean($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
} else {
	$string = "undefined";
}
// IP address
if (isset($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'])) {
	$address = clean($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']);
} else {
	$address = "undefined";
}
// user agent
if (isset($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'])) {
	$agent = clean($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']);
} else {
	$agent = "undefined";
}
// identity
if (isset($_SERVER['REMOTE_IDENT'])) {
	$remote = clean($_SERVER['REMOTE_IDENT']);
} else {
	$remote = "undefined";
}
// log time
$time = clean(date("F jS Y, h:ia", time()));

// sanitize
function clean($string) {
	$string = rtrim($string); 
	$string = ltrim($string); 
	$string = htmlentities($string, ENT_QUOTES); 
	$string = str_replace("\n", "<br>", $string);

	if (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) {
		$string = stripslashes($string);
	} 
	return $string;
}

$message = 
	"TIME: "            . $time    . "\n" . 
	"*404: "            . $request . "\n" . 
	"SITE: "            . $site    . "\n" . 
	"THEME: "           . $theme   . "\n" . 
	"REFERRER: "        . $referer . "\n" . 
	"QUERY STRING: "    . $string  . "\n" . 
	"REMOTE ADDRESS: "  . $address . "\n" . 
	"REMOTE IDENTITY: " . $remote  . "\n" . 
	"USER AGENT: "      . $agent   . "\n\n\n";

mail($email, "404 Alert: " . $blog . " [" . $theme . "]", $message, "From: $email"); 

?>

Thanks to WP Mix for this useful snippet!

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