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404 Error Pages Best Of

Clicking on a web link or entering an url manually can have two results in the web browser. A website is loaded or an error message is shown. One of the most dreaded error messages of them all is the 404 error "page not found".

Website owners can leave it at that - which means a default 404 error page of the server or script is used - or create their own custom 404 error page to provide the user with solutions or further humiliation.

Really depends on the type of site that you are visiting but it is generally recommended to provide users who encounter the error with options such as a search or related pages on that page

Long time reader Daniel collected four interesting best of 404 error lists on the Internet on his (Swedish) Bloggliv blog.

The four best of lists that he links to contain a total of 245 404 error pages. Many pretty funny, some stylish and more than a few plain evil. Want some examples? Here we go:

lego
http://www.lego.com/404notfound
rsq
http://rsq.com/404
ninja
http://huwshimi.com/404/

To view them all follow this, this, that or this link. That reminds me that I have to create a custom 404 error page for Ghacks..

Webmasters should improve their 404 error pages to provide visitors with guidance , as the visitor may otherwise just leave the website if there is no option to proceed from the page. Some users may try to change the url manually, others may just leave and visit another site that may provide them with the information they are looking for.

At the very least, it is recommended to have a search form on the 404 not found error page so that visitors who stumbled upon an error page for whatever reason can use the search feature to find what they are looking for.

There are advanced solutions available, like displaying the most recent posts, or the top posts of a particular category for instance, to give visitors other options to proceed.

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404 Error Pages Best Of
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404 Error Pages Best Of
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A collection of the best 404 not found error pages on the Internet, and some advice on how to handle these pages.
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  1. Genisis said on December 6, 2008 at 6:07 am
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    LOL! Fantastic! Liked this one.

  2. Cupid Blogger said on December 6, 2008 at 6:45 am
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    Check out best of 404 page from Hong Kiat Dot Com

    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/60-really-cool-and-creative-error-404-pages/

  3. Simakuutio said on December 6, 2008 at 10:52 am
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    Uh… my favourite wasn’t even listed there:

    http://thcnet.net/error/404.php

    Zork text adventure as 404-page… just hilarious…

  4. Thinker said on December 6, 2008 at 1:39 pm
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    It’s worth to mention, that Google have a script for making your 404 more valuable. This script can be found somewhere in Google webmaster tools.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on January 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm
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    It may be off-topic, but do you know, how hard is to see bus #404 , and even harder to step in it?

  6. NewCityVegas said on March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm
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  7. Alexander Bickov said on August 4, 2009 at 8:09 am
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    Nice 404 pages

  8. Bergslay said on December 26, 2009 at 12:25 am
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  9. Georges said on February 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm
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    I really like this one : http://photography.f4jr.org/404.php

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