Monday, August 10, 2009

Custom Error 404 Page : 10 Tips To Create Custom Error 404 Page

  • Create a custom error 404 page with the same look and feel with the navigation links as the rest of your site.
  • Write the error message in plain language which can be understandable to even a non-technical user. Use friendly and apologetic language.
  • Your custom error 404 page should list the most common errors in accessing the files on the site.
  • Provide spell check functionality for the error URL's
  • Provide the users to report a broken link. You custom error 404 page can have a link to the webmaster or a form.
  • Provide search box with a link to your site’s search engine. If the site does not have one, use from Google’s ‘Enhance 404 widget’ provided in Google webmaster tool.
  • Avoid 301 redirect or 302 redirection.
  • Create this Custom Error 404 Page with a size more than 512 bytes as Internet explorer versions 5 and below do not support you custom error 404 page with a size less than 512 bytes.
  • Avoid ad display in you custom error 404 page.
  • Above all your Custom error 404 page should return an actual 404 HTTP status code. For this you have to configure your web server accordingly.

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Lexikon on October 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM said...

Please post on how to track these error pages in Google Analytics.

Radhakrishnan on November 19, 2009 at 5:43 PM said...


Thanks for your comments. Please visit my post "How to track error 404 pages and broken links in Google Analytics" for your query.

Anonymous said...

All perfectly done


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