Or do you have to use the htaccess.
The reason i ask is because i just changed our URL structure from www to http and for legacy URL's that might be out there existing on other websites, i do not want them to end up on the homepage.. rather i'd like them to just end up on the old page.. even if it's not the right page any longer.
I've looked through the panel configurations and i believe i set it up originally to send all 404's or old pages to the homepage. I understand i could use catalog > URL redirects but i don't want to possibly have to go through a hundred URL's.. That would be a tedious way of doing that.
Thanks in advance.
update to be a bit more clear:
That sounds good but i just want you to be clear on what the problem is.. here's a better senario... we send out and email that has a link like so:
http://www.goodstuff.com/buy/whateverproduct < when i change the base and secure url to
http://goodstuff.com/buy/whateverproduct < the link above with www no longer works and directs to the home page. I would like to still preserve that link as well. Is that possible?