Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 10:13 AMYour visitors may stumble into a 404 "Not found" page on your website for a variety of reasons:
- A mistyped URL, or a copy-and-paste mistake
- Broken or truncated links on web pages or in an email message
- Moved or deleted content
Example: Jamie receives the link www.example.com/activities/adventurecruise.html in an email message. Because of formatting due to a bad email client, the URL is truncated to www.example.com/activities/adventur. As a result it returns a 404 page. With the 404 widget added, however, she could instead see the following:
In addition to attempting to correct the URL, the 404 widget also suggests the following, if available:
- a link to the parent subdirectory
- a sitemap webpage
- site search query suggestions and search box
Can you change the way it looks? Sure. We leave the HTML unstyled initially, but you can edit the CSS block that we've included. For more information, check out our guide on how to customize the look of your 404 widget.
This feature is currently experimental -- we might not provide corrections and suggestions for your site but we'll be working to improve the coverage. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the comments below or in our group discussion. Thanks for helping us make the Internet a more friendly place!