There is nothing more frustrating than visiting a web page only to see it doesn’t exist, which instantly turns us off. Introducing the 404, but what is this error? Simply, these pages are web pages a user has tried to visit that could not be found.
A page may be missing for several reasons. For example, it may be that the site no longer exists or that the visitor has typed in an incorrect URL.
But for whatever reason – at some point, a visitor WILL land on your website’s 404 page. Unexpected hiccups happen.
And these errors are not necessarily a bad thing. As digital experts, CuCo knows that a clever, attention-grabbing 404 page can help convince your visitor to give your website another chance and help re-direct them to the correct pages. Therefore, you should make sure that your 404 page reflects your brand’s personality and make it as interesting – or even funny – as possible.
Here are some fabulous creative examples of 404 errors:
Through a Venn diagram, magnt show all the possible reasons why you may have landed on this page: either they broke something, or you can’t type. On top of this fun, provocative diagram, they’ve also hidden an error on their error page. Clever!
For his 404 page, interface designer and computer scientist Bret Victor has adapted the René Magritte’s painting ‘The Treachery of Images’ by changing the famous line from “This is not a pipe” to “This is not a page” – so simple, yet so effective!
Let’s be honest, in most cases, the 404 error is NOT the visitor’s fault. So why not punish one of these useless developers for their mistakes by getting one of them fired? Or alternatively, you could just return to emailcenter’s homepage. A clever, funny and engaging 404 page!
The page you are looking for might not be available – but luckily, Justin is! This humorous 404 page is both funny and effective! Rather than making the visitor feel disappointed or even angry that they can not access the site, this example leaves a smile on the visitor’s face whilst also pointing visitors to other pages they might want to visit instead. So clever and definitely one of our favourites!
Last but not least – our very own 404 page!
Whether it’s one of our staff member’s faults or the El Cuco monster ate it – we will be sure someone gets the blame, and humiliation thrust upon them! The site also gives you the option to either return to the previous page or go to the homepage. An incredible 404 page example.
Whether you’re in need of a clever 404 page or a whole new website design for your brand, contact CuCo today on 01202 911959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to help!