Friday, 9 November 2007

Interesting 404 Page

I've always appreciated websites that have gone to the trouble of producing a useful or informative 404 page, for when you end up somewhere you shouldn't. This is especially useful if you've arrived on the site through a link from an entirely different site and so have no idea where you should be.

I've previously seen an interesting collection of 404 pages, but none beat this page that I stumbled onto this morning on the website of Sonic Solutions. I'm unlikely to be buying any of their products anytime soon but it is nice to know I'd get a 10% discount!
10 November 2007 at 05:52 , Scriptor Senex said...

OK - I like the idea but how do you put a page like this on your website if you don't know what page the person is seeking? i.e. is there a catch-all page name you can use?

10 November 2007 at 08:54 , Mark said...

Yeah they are a great idea, unfortunately to set one up you usually need to have fully control over the webserver. For instance, with the Apache webserver you need to add an entry to the srm.conf file stating where the 404 page is located.

Unfortunately most hosting companies are not going to let you have this much access to the webserver on which your site is hosted. Although, check the documentation and you may find they specify a standard location for the page which you can use.

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