Do You Have A Useful 404 Page?

404-pageLets face it, problems happen. Especially when it comes to running a blog or website. From time to time, people will follow a bad link your website that leads to a page that doesn’t exist. This will result in a 404 error. Which isn’t the best thing in the world.

However, you can add a 404 theme to WordPress that will not only make your website or blog look more professional, but it will also help your readers. Depending on the theme you are using, you might already have a 404 page template that can easily be customized. If you don’t have one, you can easily create one using the instructions below.

Add A 404 Page Template

To add a 404 page template, all you need to do is create a file called 404.php and upload it to your themes directory. Make sure to place it in the folder of your current theme. If you don’t want to start from scratch, we suggest copying either your archive page template or copying the 404 page template from the default WordPress theme.

For some detailed instructions on how to make an advanced 404 template, check out the WordPress codex.

A Few Examples

Here’s a quick glance at a few 404 pages:

Our 404 Page

404 Page

As you can see, we’ve customized our page to give readers the option to find our latest posts, as well as browse by category or date. That way there not left wondering what happened.

My Personal Blog

Life of Justin 404

This one has a funnier approach to it since I wanted to get a quick laugh out of people. I also focused on giving the readers some important links to choose from, such as my RSS feed and archives page.

Have A Cool 404 Page?

Do you have a cool 404 page on your blog or website? If so, feel free to leave us a comment and let us know. We’d love to check it out.

Posted By: Justin Wright

This post was published by Justin Wright on September 25th, 2009.

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