As a part of the SEO optimizations, when a customer go to a category page and if there is no products in the category, can we redirect it to a 301?

Eg: As a part of -ve testing, if we load the category page with a non valid page number, then magento will show the message as "We can't find products matching the selection.". So instead of this i want to either redirect to 301 OR redirect 404 is also fine in this case. Do we have any solution for this?

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I think you should implement this functionality with 302 instead of 301 because it's a permanent redirect.

Here is the implementation with 302 redirects:

  1. Create a module Vendor_Module

  2. Create registration.php:

    use Magento\Framework\Component\ComponentRegistrar;
  3. Create etc/module.xml

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:Module/etc/module.xsd">
        <module name="Vendor_Module"/>
  4. Create etc/frontend/di.xml

    <config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:ObjectManager/etc/config.xsd">
        <type name="Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ListProduct">
            <plugin name="redirect_empty_category" type="Vendor\Module\Plugin\ListProduct"/>
  5. Create Plugin/ListProduct.php

    namespace Vendor\Module\Plugin;
    use Laminas\Http\Response;
    use Magento\Eav\Model\Entity\Collection\AbstractCollection;
    use Magento\Framework\App\ResponseInterface;
    use Magento\Framework\UrlInterface;
    class ListProduct
         * @param ResponseInterface $response
         * @param UrlInterface $url
        public function __construct(
            private readonly ResponseInterface $response,
            private readonly UrlInterface $url
        ) {
         * @param \Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ListProduct $subject
         * @param AbstractCollection $result
         * @return AbstractCollection
        public function afterGetLoadedProductCollection(
            \Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ListProduct $subject,
            AbstractCollection $result
        ): AbstractCollection {
            if ($result->getSize() === 0) {
                    $this->url->getUrl('your-redirect-url'), // change this to the URL you want to redirect to.
                    Response::STATUS_CODE_302 // even though this is set to 302, if you decide you can go with 301 as well.
            return $result;
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    It worked perfectly. Thank you so much @Ahmad for your support and especially for the detailed explanation.
    – amesh
    Commented Jul 20, 2023 at 23:25

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