Custom Error Pages

Custom error pages allows you to display special web pages that a user will see when an error is registered on your site.

For example, you can change the file not found page to include:

  • your logo
  • a link to your homepage
  • a link to your sitemap
  • a search form
  • etc.

Creating a custom error page can give a more professional feel to your website and can also be useful when your site is under construction.

Common HTTP errors

HTTP status codeDescription
401 Occurs when the user has failed to authenticate themselves properly when trying to access a restricted/password protected page.
403 Occurs when access is forbidden to the page the user to trying to access.
404 Occurs when user comes across a broken link on your website, or misspells a URL to a page they are trying to access. It is important to be helpful with your 404 error page or the user may decide to leave your site.
500 Occurs when the page cannot be displayed. This can occur when a server-side script fails to run, or under other circumstances. You should have the user contact the site administrator when this error occurs.

Further information

For further information about custom error pages, refer to:

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