Bing 404 Plugin for WordPress

Yesterday Microsoft released a new plug-in for WordPress that uses Bing Search to improve your 404 pages. It works by grabbing keywords from the missing URL string and then uses the Bing API to search your site for those keywords.

Update: The creator of this plug-in just added a quick start video… go check it out!

So, your 404 page can go from this… 
bing404_b4
(boring WordPress Default 404)

To this…

bing404_after
(better Bing404 page)

and, with a little bit of PHP hacking on my part, to this…
bing404_after_pimped
(new and improved pimped out 404 page…)

Go see for your self (missing page) then go check out…

  • Official Plug-in page.
  • Official announcement and post
  • Technical post from the creator of the plug-in
  • Bing API Technical documentation (pdf)
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