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.

Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment

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31Three

31Three

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Protège la Forêt

Protège la Forêt

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Milrayas

Milrayas

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Copimaj Interactive

Copimaj Interactive

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Critical Zero

Critical Zero

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Koodoz Design

Koodoz Design

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n.design studio

n.design studio

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Neutron Creations

Neutron Creations

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Tinsanity

Tinsanity

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Walk With You

Walk With You

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Vuu Media

Vuu Media

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Storenvy

Storenvy

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Scythe

Scythe

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pvmgarage

pvmgarage

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Twingly

Twingly

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Springload

Springload

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CSSNinjas

CSSNinjas

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deviantART

deviantART

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Shelfworthy

Shelfworthy

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Surfing on Static

Surfing on Static

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Huwshimi

Huwshimi

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Blue Daniel

Blue Daniel

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GitHub

GitHub

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HootSuite

HootSuite

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XHTML Kitchen

XHTML Kitchen

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Gog.com

Gog.com

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Eternal Moon

Eternal Moon

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Frye / Wiles

Frye / Wiles

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Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings

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Henrik Hedegaard

Henrik Hedegaard

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Mixx

Mixx

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CSSRemix

CSSRemix

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Twurn

Twurn

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Beanstalk

Beanstalk

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Studio7 Designs

Studio7 Designs

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Your Web Job

Your Web Job

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iStockphoto

iStockphoto

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Fuelly

Fuelly

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Wufoo

Wufoo

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Did we miss any of your favorite 404 page designs? Got any tips for improving them from a usability and marketing point of view? Let us know about it in the comments.

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