The 404 page shows up every time something goes wrong with your site and a users browser can’t load the necessary local files. More specifically if your site is broken, the 404 page is what tells visitors that the site is down.
Most site admins create a completely different template with a blank background for their 404 page; which breaks up the visitors experience. The best way to design a 404 page is to display the related information over your regular sites user interface or theme. This helps by ensuring the visitor still feels included in your site, and shows that things haven’t gone completely awry.
Renny Gleeson shows us in this TED video, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.
TED – Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found
What is your 404 page? I’ve updated my 404 page. Let me know what you think about it.
And if you’re looking for additional ideas to update yours, here are some links:
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