Everything You Need to Know About the 404 Error Page

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During the creation of your website, you need to think about the homepage, the texts, and the visual elements. But what happens when you forget something and an error occurs? Your visitors might then see your 404 error page. In this article, we will see what a 404 error is and how to create a customized page for it on your WebSelf website.

What is a 404 error?

According to our beginner’s web lexicon, a 404 error is a code error in the HTTP1 protocol. It happens when the server is not able to find what was requested. For this reason, the 404 error is also called Page not found. For example, if you deleted a web page but there are still links to it, it will show a 404 error page. This error will also appear if the link is not working correctly or if the URL has a mistake in it. It is one of the most common errors on the web nowadays.

Consequently, if you use the Internet regularly, you probably have seen a 404 error page many times. Of course, it is essential to test all links and call-to-action buttons during the creation of your website in order to avoid this error. Too many 404 errors can harm your credibility and user experience.

Where are 404 errors from?

There are many stories regarding the creation of the 404 error. According to Memoclic, there are three plausible assumptions. The first theory says that every number of the 404 error has a specific meaning. The first number is for the state of error, the second the syntax, and the third the type of error. Some others say that the 404 error would simply be a reference to the office number Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web, had when he was working at the CERN. Finally, the third theory would be related to an office number (404) where engineers had to restart servers many times. 

Whatever the exact answer, the 404 error was created in the early age of the Internet.

What should we find on a 404 error page?

Since 404 errors are quite common, all websites, blogs, and online stores should think about creating a customized page. Many businesses also benefit from this opportunity to make funny 404 error pages. Do not hesitate to look at examples if needed.

But what should we find on a 404 error page? At first, this page should have all the branding elements of your website. Indeed, a visitor should be able to see that they are still on your site, even if they are on a 404 error page. Consequently, your logo, color palette, fonts, header, and footer should be there. Whether it is your homepage or your 404 error page, there should be a certain brand consistency.  

Then, think about adding a title like 404 Error or Page Not Found, and a small text explaining that this page is currently unavailable. It should also be important to add a button leading people to another section of your website. It is like an exit door. Furthermore, a 404 error page can be quite simple too.

How to create a 404 error page with WebSelf?

Is it possible to create a 404 error page with WebSelf? Of course! Here is how.

First, on the editor, click on the Settings tab located at the bottom left of your screen. Under the General tab, you have access to a dedicated section for 404 errors. Start by giving a title to the error page (Sorry!, Page Not Found, 404 Error), and then add a little text explaining the situation. Once more, you should take the time to customize the page and add a link to your homepage or a relevant section of your website. It is as simple as that.

In conclusion, since no one is immune to an error, especially 404 errors, it would be relevant to take the time to create a customized page for it. It is not a complicated web page to make too. You can decide to create something simple or something out of the ordinary. You decide! If you need help or are looking for specific information, do not hesitate to look at WebSelf’s blog articles. Good luck with your website!