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    Funny Custom 404

    Here's a funny 404 error page I was sent:
    http://www.rini.org/error2.php

    (just thought I'd share it)
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    hilarious indeed, given the events in the near past.

    This one definitely relates to yours: http://www.coxar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/


    here's some more, some less entertaining.

    http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/rml/Gifs/Ren-n-Stimpy/
    http://my.core.com/~oldgrendel/cannot_find_porn.htm [no pics there, no worries]
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/wisq2000/yummy.html
    http://www.homestarrunner.com/systemisdown.html

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    http://www.plinko.net/404/area404.asp

    a whole bunch of 404's broken up into categories

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    Surely this thread doesn't belong here?!

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    yes...i've reported a while ago...will follow it up again...
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    It's not the only one too redux, I hate to sound a moan but the mods of this forum don't seem to look in much, I think the likes of yourself should replace em.

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    they're busy people...and i flood them with reported posts all the time. but yeh, i'll chase them up *gets his cattle prod out*
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    Actually I started it here because 404's are an integral part of a website's usability.

    Everyone should put a custom 404 on their site, just to help build brand awareness and show a thoroughness of design.

    The link I provided happened to be a funny 404.
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    still...a bit off topic...
    also
    just to help build brand awareness and show a thoroughness of design
    is not really a part of usability. if we want to discuss usability, we should say that a 404 should be more helpful than a "error !!!" type message. it should not scare or put off the visitors, but be as helpful as possible in getting people where they were trying to get to (either by following an outdated link, bookmark, or simply typing in a wrong url - even clicking on one of those annoying truncated links in text-only emails)
    they should at the very least have a link back to the homepage and - if it exists - the site index and/or search facility. if you want to be really helpful, the 404 could also suggest possible matches (through whatever algorhythm necessary)...
    Last edited by redux; May 12, 2003 at 16:16.
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    In a perverse sense they can become an aid to accessibility and usability if they are correctly designed, should you suffer from link rot, etc.

    Within my WVYFC site the joke about shepherding and 'Spot the Dog' does not help the average user, although I did provide a crude fallback navigation index on the 404 page itself.

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    So, if Google gets a 404 error while searching for say, robots.txt (because you don't have one...), will it end up spidering your custom 404 page?

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    the internet is a big place
    those that wander are lost
    just like this page

    a little impromptu 404 haiku here

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidjmedlock
    So, if Google gets a 404 error while searching for say, robots.txt (because you don't have one...), will it end up spidering your custom 404 page?
    not if it's set up properly on the server side. google and other bots looks at the status returned by the server. 404 pages are called that because that's what the server should send...status code 404 (compared to 200, which means the request was OK). googlebot will recognise this and realise that the link it followed is outdated, and will therefore not spider the 404 page itself (correct me if i'm wrong).

    if you're doing it in apache, one of the main things to remember is NOT to use absolute URIs/URLs, as these prompt apache to send out a status of 302 Found http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/...html#sec10.3.3 (which means it's a temporary redirection) together with a redirection to the document you specified. you need to make sure your errordocument points to a URI which is relative to your site root.
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