I have just replaced an existing site with the WP site using your Encounters Theme. The problem is that the site has been up for years and is all over the search engines, which now try to link to pages that no longer exist. When one of those pages is selected, a message appears saying “The requested document was not found on this server.” I never thought of that happening, but I’m betting you have. What do I do?
Themes have nothing to do with permalinks which is what you are experiencing, or at least mine don’t. This could be be a WordPress permalinks issue, so double check your WordPress Settings >> Permalinks
There is one way to determine if the theme has some how done something, is to activate a different theme such as the WP default theme twenty thirteen. Otherwise if you still encounter 404 errors, you will need to do some searches in the WP forums and or Google.
Also, if you moved a site that you were working on to the live location, you best check out how this is done in case you missed something:
I’m not sure you understood my question. I know I’m going to get 404 errors because my new page names have nothing to do with names currently on the search engines. I’m just wondering if there is a way, when they get the error, to somehow redirect them to the homepage.
ah… well that isn’t theme support 😛
But you need to check out how this is done by searching Google but also your host’s own knowledgebase because it will depend on the host you use and some do things differently. However, this is my host and their docs about redirecting, which is the most common method: