The 404 page is about as ubiquitous on the Internet as Google itself. It’s the most common error we see, thrown at us when the server can’t find the page we’re looking for. Particularly on larger sites, 404 errors are bound to show up after a while, due to mistakes made during changes to a site, its content and design.
The 404 page is also a great opportunity. You might think you’ve lost the reader, but you can use these pages to nudge them towards other content on your site. A well-designed 404 page doesn’t send visitors away — it gets them in even further. Let’s take a look at a few effective or just downright good-looking 404 pages.
Protège la Forêt
Walk With You
Surfing on Static
Frye / Wiles
Your Web Job
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