If your viewer arrives at a page that does not exist on your site, what will they see? A generic 404 error page?
The 404 page is the page displayed if someone tries to reach a page on your website that does not exist. Most of the time, it’s because the visitor mistyped the URL or maybe you renamed a page. Because 404 pages are just simple HTML pages, you can change the default 404 page to a page that displays anything you want. So instead of the generic “this page does not exist” message that tells your visitors nothing, you can put up an informative page that will help them find what they are looking for. For help in creating a custom 404 error page, check out the links listed below. You can view the custom error page I created for my family genealogy site. This option is NOT usually available for a free hosting account.
Smashing Magazine recently had a post on their blog 404 Error Pages: Reloaded.
“Three weeks ago we’ve showcased some of the most beautiful, creative and user-friendly 404 Error Pages; we’ve collected some interesting ideas one can use to help out the visitors once they got lost on your page. We’ve also asked our readers to design their own 404 pages and promised to present the best solutions afterwards.”
Want to see some of the results? Read 404 Error Pages: Reloaded.