* How To Make Custom 404 Error Pages

Using Google Webmaster tools.

Based on this blog post about better 404 pages, I just implemented the Google Webmaster Tools enhanced 404 pages widget to create a custom 404 error page for my blog. It took about 10 minutes.

Here’s how my generic 404 error page looked before:

Here’s how it looks now:

And here’s the results of the Google search generated by the widget:

Details:

  • My custom 404 page is a “Page” (as opposed to a “Post”) in WordPress.
  • I use Simon Wheatley’s Exclude Page plugin to exclude the custom 404 page from my navigation menus.
  • I edited the httpd.conf file so that ErrorDocument now points to the custom 404 page.

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