The Perfect 404

By Deane Barker on January 17, 2004

The Perfect 404: A fantastic article on how to create effective 404 pages.

To get started, we need to examine the most common reasons that people find themselves on a 404 page: * a mis-typed URL (or an out-of-date bookmark/favorite), * a search-engine link that is out-of-date, * an internal broken link that the webmaster hasn’t noticed. They all amount to the same thing, but they need to be handled slightly differently — the 404 message needs to be customized for each eventuality.