What Makes a Good 404 Page?
Have a Safari browser handy? Even Mobile Safari on an iPhone will work. Now check out this 404 (“page not found”) error page: http://idzr.org/404.
Dazzling as it is, it started me thinking about 404 pages in general. What makes a good “page not found” page? Is the name of the game getting the user back on track as quickly and efficiently as possible, or should a good 404 page reward the wayward user with a little surprise like this one—a visual treat that only visitors who’ve fallen off the map can see?
Certainly, SitePoint’s 404 pages are looking a little tired. Would you agree? If we were to redesign them, what would you like to find on them? Have you seen an especially effective 404 page lately? Leave a comment and point it out.