There’s nothing more annoying to some of your website visitors than a plain Jane 404 error page.
It is very easy in WordPress to create a customized 404 page for your site, which will help visitors locate the information they are looking for and keep them on your page longer!
Most themes come with a 404 page as part of the theme set, so from this point, I will assume you already have a 404 page in your theme. For more information on how to create a 404 page, visit the WordPress Codex.
Below is a screenshot of what you will see when you first go to Presentation > Theme Editor and click on “404” or “404.php”.
Take note of the h2 heading in the code. You can edit the text within the h2 heading and add more information below that.
For my customized 404 page, I added the code for my most recent posts and code for my most popular posts, since I have the Popularity Contest installed.
You can add any information you want, add pictures or even have a contact form on your 404 page, so visitors can contact you and let you know what they were looking for! Be sure to save frequently and test your page to see how it displays and functions. Visit my custom 404 page and see how it works!
It is up to you on how to create your customized 404 page. Send us links to yours!
This post covers step 54 of 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.
WordPress Wednesdays features posts about plugins, themes and general usage of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system!
Read more posts from this series:
- 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger
- Use WordPress!: Step #1
- Sign up for Feedburner: Step #2
- Post at least once a day: Step #3
- Optimize your blog for SEO: Step #4
- Have an “About Me” page: Step #5
- 101 Steps: #6-8
- Blog and Ping – Step #9 in 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger
- Submit your blog to RSS and blog directories: Step #10
- Trackbacks are important – Step #11
- Get involved in the blogosphere – Step #12
- Give your blog its own unique voice – Step #13
- Create unique, quality content – Step #14
- Add a large RSS button to your site
- Place an RSS feed link at the bottom of every post
- Install the MyBlogLog Widget
- Social Bookmarking – Step #18
- Better Blogger – Steps 19-31
- Create a custom blog design
- Add photos to each of your posts
- Use tagging in WordPress
- Tips to get more out of your WordPress blog
- Turn your blog posts into podcasts!
- Follow these 12 Steps and Get MORE Readers!
- Create a customized 404 page
- Keep Working at Becoming a Better Blogger!
- 11 Ways to Monetize Your Blog
- 19 Final Tips to Becoming a Better Blogger