404 Error Pages: Reloaded

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Three weeks ago we’ve showcased some of the most beautiful, creative and user-friendly 404 Error Pages1; we’ve collected some interesting ideas one can use to help out the visitors once they got lost ony your page. We’ve also asked our readers to design their own 404 pages and promised to present the best solutions afterwards.

We’ve received over 100 entries. The choice wasn’t easy, so evaluating the quality of the entries we’ve considered – among other things – the communication with visitors, precise and clear navigation, the use of graphics, creative ideas and some outstanding solutions. Some of the solutions presented below might not be as helpful as they could or should be, however they include some creative approaches you should be aware of designing your 404 error pages.

We’d like to thank to everyone who participated, your input means a lot for us and for web-designers worldwide. You help to improve the quality of the Web. Don’t underestimate it.

So here is what you’ve come out with: over 40 working examples of user-friendly, creative and outstanding 404 error pages – in a brief overview.

1. Appealing Images

A really dirty, hand-made image with a comment – for despaired visitors only. The page also includes a search box.

404 Error Page Example2

Rainfall Daffinson makes sure you don’t feel lost.

404 Error Page Example3

Even a 404-error page can look stylish.

404 Error Page Example4

A book with the page which couldn’t be found.

404 Error Page Example5

404 Error Page Example6

404 Error Page Example7

Jamie Huskisson communicates with “lost” visitors using imagery.

404 Error Page Example8

404 error as time on a clock.

404 Error Page Example9

Sometimes you can feel or even smell that you’re definitely not on the page you wanted to visit.

404 Error Page Example10

2. Getting Poetic

404 error haiku. Informative, however a direct link to the start page would be quite useful.

404 Error Page Example11

Three more haikus by Lumino.us. Plus beer to keep you company.

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And one more haiku by alt-web.com.

404 Error Page Example13

BlueVertigo offers a poem with horizontal scrolling.

404 Error Page Example14

A small poem about the 404 error by Poemofquotes.com

404 Error Page Example15

Jacob Thomas quotes Winston Churchill and informs lost visitors that the page they’ve been looking for seems to have been burnt down by a puckish elf called ‘Prontyr’.

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Darren Hoyt appeals to the humanity of mistakes and errors and communication with visitors directly.

404 Error Page Example17

3. Communicate Through Emotions

Isn’t he sad…

404 Error Page Example18

…however, Cat Content seems to be doing well…

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…and Krystal gets no biscuit.

404 Error Page Example20

4. Communicate Through Irony

Maybe an idiot has passed you the wrong link or maybe a bigger idiot has linked in their site to a page that doesn’t exist. In both cases the big boss man has been sent an email informing him of this problem, so the person responsible can be tied to a tree and horsewhipped! Nice to know.

404 Error Page Example21

Martin Yelland has some good explanations about what happened: strange little Web Gremlins or fluctuations of the Earth’s Magnetic field might have caused the error – however, a team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

404 Error Page Example22

Even although you’re a douche bag, you can use a search box to get to the page you’ve been looking for.

404 Error Page Example23

Apparently, this is a test of the emergency broadcast systems. You should remain calm, these kinds of things happen all the time. The “four oh four error” by Poropoptrt.com.

404 Error Page Example24

5. While You Are Lost…

…you can read a comic…

404 Error Page Example25

…or more comics (the image is changing after every reload)…

404 Error Page Example26

…get two cocktail recipes…

404 Error Page Example27

…die…

404 Error Page Example28

…don’t count to 404 (the site also provides a search box and a tag cloud)…

404 Error Page Example29

6. Explain What Happened

Explanation in a well-designed visualization of what happened.

404 Error Page Example30

Be aware when you’ve reached a buzzless page…

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7. Explain What Can Be Done

404 Error Page Example33

Foobr offers a detailed explanation on what can be done and what the “lost” visitor might be looking for.

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404 Error Page Example35

3amproductions.net suggests pages the visitor might be looking for.

404 Error Page Example36

Renet-web.met offers recent posts and a search box.

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8. Unusual Solutions

Shocking visitors with colors – interesting, but not quite appealing…

404 Error Page Example38

Blue Screen Of Death on the Web.

404 Error Page Example39

Sorabji.com lists what people were looking for when they got the 404 Page Error. Interesting approach, however not recommendable – think of spambots.

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9. Be Sincere

Jeremy seems to be really sorry about the missing page…

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…so is Rainer…

404 Error Page Example42

10. Do Whatever You Want To Do

This is not a working example, since the site isn’t using the page as a working 404 error page. Nevertheless it’s quite funny: the characters are talking, and as you might suggest, they are talking about 404 errors!

404 Error Page Example43

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    Wow, nice selection. This has got me inspired to work on my 404 page. Thank you.

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    Can’t wait for the next contest :)

    Hopefully we’ll make the next cut

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    Still my favorite 404 page (that I’ve made) jpmullan.com

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    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I think some of the links may be messed up.

    The last one (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/404-2/doodoo.jpg) and the printscreen one (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/404-2/printscreen.jpg) seem to point to other 404 pages.

    I can’t even find 404 pages, heh.

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    crud, were you guys even able to see our 404 page? I think one of my devs fixed the site to auto-direct…. so basically fixing something that was suppose to be broke lol.. dang it! Next contest!

    the hard path:
    http://dev.starfeeder.com/404/404.html

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    Nice one! Gave me a cool idea for my own site

    Wipeout!

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 18, 2007 12:03 am

    the last one is
    http://www.homestarrunner.com/systemisdown.html

    sorry… too many links in

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    I love the Django Book one.

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    Hello

    I like alos the 404′s page of ministry for the culture of the French government

    URL : http://www.culture.gouv.fr/index-erreur.html

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    It’s not a real 404 but also a screen for not available. I like this one from datenvandalismus.org.

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    I’m a bit disappointed to see all those technical “404 errors”. Does any visitor know where you are talking about? Only people who actually build websites, as well as other IT professionals know what the 404 means. Is it that hard to use a clear message the users directly understand?

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    Adore the blue screen of death 404. What a great way to inject a little secret creativity on a site that’s been design-by-committeed to death.

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    buena colección :D

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    Chris Papadopoulos

    August 18, 2007 5:03 am

    I think the old blue-screen-of-death one is my favorite because taking little potshots at Microsoft is always funny. There are some very clever ones in here. I’m going to have to rethink my 404 page to provide a little more creativity.

    In terms of usability, I think providing a search field as well as some links to recent pages would be one of the better solutions though.

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    So fun, I enjoyed looking at all of these! It’s intriguing how such a number has birthed all these artistic interpretations. Here’s my watermelony one:

    » http://torley.com/404

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    So your the reason my sites logged a million /adsddsa 404′s last month

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    The Pure pwnage 404 is my favorite. Helps if you know the show.
    http://www.purepwnage.com/404.html

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    the book 404 page has impossible page numbering…page 404 should be on the left side, not the right.

    unless it’s 0 indexed.

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    Great selection. I like the idea making a nice or funny 404 page. So I made also one for my own blog (http://blog.aditu.de/error/404 or any other not existing link ;)).

    Thanks for the inspiration and sharing!!!!

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    At the top of section 2 you write “and beer to keep you company”, but the bottle depicted on the image below is clearly a whisky bottle.

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    Can’t help but to plug PG’s 404, a fancy shirt :-)

    http://www.planetgeek.org/tttfy

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    I can’t believe you missed the best 404 of all time… ZORK! (Yes, it really works!)

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    Here is a error page from my site: CLICK HERE

    By the way I really like your Smashing Website

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    Thanks for the mention guys.

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    You just have to like how the first one confuses 404 with 505 (in the big image, not in its headline though).

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    The blue screen of death is the most scary 404 message – unknowing browsers that are familiar with the Windowz blue screen will most likely be certain they have killed their machine at first glance when happening upon a missing page.

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    “actually mine is better.. =]

    http://scar.atspace.org/404.html

    Yes i like the idea of your 404 page

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    Nice collection!

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    Nice list — was happy to see our site get up there (Slonky.com).

    Definitely like how there’s a good mix of function, creativity, and etc., throughout the list.

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    Design for MySpace

    August 20, 2007 8:57 am

    Loved the 404 idea, atleast this way the visitors would remember our page for a long time even if it doesnot load

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    I still prefer mine :)
    It captures your IP and your web client and writes it in the BSOD :)
    http://www.mariotomic.com/404.shtml

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    Nice pages. :)

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    Nice one! I’m doing one to my Site

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    I like the error page at ibiblio (especially the Australian one):

    http://www.ibiblio.org/404.html

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    i would like to make one custom page too…to told my reader page infected by virus….hohoho scare them when them access wrong page

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    The bluescreen one breaks all the other one’s… eheh

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    I like this blue screen of death-style 404 page more: http://zonaphotoshop.com/404

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    Here’s my 404 Not Found page as well.

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    We have one up at RolePlayGateway. It’s pretty much identical to the rest of the site, so users aren’t interrupted and are naturally pushed into our site.

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    404 error.

    this explanation really cool and valuable. where to change that page.

    thanks

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    It exists already ?

    http://hypem.com/track/368152

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    hello, this is my 404 page, that i created recently :)
    http://lanooz.net/404

    ‘wrong WC!’ :P

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    also check out this 404:

    http://www.webhex.net/404

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    hahaha!
    Love it!
    You can make a post with some 404 images. I have some to contribute! ^^

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    Strong Bad!!!, man nice way to be creative with errors.

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    I loved those ones!

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    This is my fave 404… good and insulting
    http://www.kosch.co.uk/

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    the b3ta.com 404 is pretty cool, all the images were created by the board users

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    the one for BlueVertigo is actually a song for the last episode of cowboy bebop, just thought I should straighten that out.

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    Nice collection of 404 pages. I’m thinking of creating my own 404 page but I keep procrastinating. I’ll get to it one of these days.

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    Good article… reminded me that my portfolio’s 404s are still the WordPress default. Thanks for the reminder!

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    NIce list. Some of those are a bit odd or niche, though… Check out this one from a D&D website:
    http://d20srd.org/asdf

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    The digg effect is strong in this one. Thanks for sharing these pages. 404 doesn’t seems so bad anymore.

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    http://tysontate.com/404/

    whats up with your lame-o 404?

    : )

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    I’ve been inspired.

    I’ve always used this as my 404 page. Two parts are randomly generated from javascript.

    I’m going to go home and spruce mine up a bit and give it more oomph.

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    My error page: :)

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    Homer Simpson (doh!) @ Fox Latin America: http://mundofox.com/404

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    Three words: Sharks with Lasers.

    http://renkoo.com/404

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    јебига means “fuck it!” in Serbian. I suppose the people at Rainfall Daffinson are not aware of that. ;)

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    I find it arrogant and annoying when a website blames ME for arriving at a 404. More than once I have been sent there from within their own site, but they assume it’s either my stupidity, my inability to type, my outdated bookmark (which should be their problem, not mine) or some other sites bad link.

    The sites I like admit it just could be their fault and offer me an opportunity to tell them about it.

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    Truly a great work. I feel inspired to do my own 404 page.
    Thankx

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    though you cant find it the page … its good to look at …
    that good … right ??
    hehe …
    good list … thanks for sharing …

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    Nice collection. Although mine is missing. ;(

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    Here’s one that clearly shows why the website went down, devs and a Nerf war.

    http://myquire.com/404.html

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    I would like to submit my own for review
    http://www.hitpoints.org/thispagedoesntexist.html

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    Wow! I love all the creativity that’s gone into the 404 pages. Makes me want to make some changes to mine. Thanks for the ideas.

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    Very very good. A lot of interesting ones out there. I believe the less technical, the better…

    http://www.offeroftheday.com/404

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    now that is what I call creative people with very interesting website, even 404 page can make people stay long on their website !

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    The Homestar Runner one you have there isn’t a 404 error, that was a toon called The System is Down they had designed to look like a 404 error.

    They do have a creative 404 error though, see 404′d at the Homestar Runner Wiki for more information.

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    It is said, “To err is human,”
    That quote from alt.times.lore,
    Alas, you have made an error,
    So I say, “404.”

    Double-check your URL,
    As we all have heard before.
    You ask for an invalid filename,
    And I respond, “404.”

    Perhaps you made a typo –
    Your fingers may be sore –
    But until you type it right,
    You’ll only get 404.

    Maybe you followed a bad link,
    Surfing a foreign shore;
    You’ll just have to tell that author
    About this 404.

    I’m just a lowly server
    (Who likes to speak in metaphor),
    So for a request that I don’t know,
    I must return 404.

    Be glad I’m not an old mainframe
    That might just dump its core,
    Because then you’d get a ten-meg file
    Instead of this 404.

    I really would like to help you,
    But I don’t know what you’re looking for,
    And since I don’t know what you want,
    I give you 404.

    Remember Poe, insane with longing
    For his tragically lost Lenore.
    Instead, you quest for files.
    Quoth the Raven, “404!”

    by Dan Black
    dan@black.org
    16 August 1999

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    “Shocking visitors with colors…”

    The description of the first page under #8 made me pause. It sounded like they’d never seen a test-pattern from an old VCR before. And having thought about it, it seems likely that the writer never did! I recognize it, but it’s been a long time since I actually saw it in the wild. Perhaps it’s simply a thing of the past. It’s not supposed to be appealing – in its natural habitat, it’s just something that is not white noise/static, could function as a test-pattern and supposedly was easy to make. It was displayed whenever there was no signal, so using it as a 404 page makes perfect sense. =)

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    omg why orkut.com error page isnt in the list? its so funny.. says ‘bad bad server,no donut for you’ =D

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    wicked,
    nicely done

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    I notice that none of those pages (as pretty as they are) provide the seo and user benefits provided by Google 404 Error Page

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    Any comments about my website’s 404?

    http://www.lalit.org/404

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    Thanks dweeble for the referance! I’m a BIG stickler on Copyright and Intelectual Property and wish that the page had sited the source it’s the las and a good idea. For anyone who cares it is indeed Cowboy Beebop (and anime series) The song was composed by Yoko Kanno and is avalible on the CD Blue. Though the OST1 is a much better CD

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    i love them.. its we freindly “negative” tone…. i’ll be looking forwar to my 404 ERRORS if thats the case… maybe they could include useful info..or we could make ads on the 4o4 error showups..hmmm . just a thought…

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    Number 8 (first one) is better than the editors give it credit for! Its TV/video test pattern that is used to calibrate monitors and systems called “colour bars”. To me it is like when your TV transmission signal drops out. A better screen would be a Test Pattern like the kind TV stations do use when theres a signal failure.

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    How fun! Thanks for sharing. My 404 page has been “different” and humorous since the start, but I had no idea others were doing fun and creative things with theirs as well. This was enjoyable – can’t wait for the next set.

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    Very good Collection.. iwant create my 404 page ! :P

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    Those page were awesome, and funny!

    How about a song about 404 pages? HAHA…

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    I also got inspired. I grew up with c64, so this is mine:

    http://www.klaus.dk/some_missing_page

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    This inspired me to create a 404 for my historical cartography website. I titled the 404: “Here be dragons”, a reference that was supposedly put on maps in unknown lands. Of course, I added a detail from such a map as well!

    Historische cartografie 404

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    SEO News | Tips | Blog Solutions

    November 27, 2007 5:55 pm

    this is good page. I like the paper & pen page and I have used it. Please let me know if you have any suggestion to put this page in blog?

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    Brilliant post! I never really thought to put much effort in to mine, maybe i should.

    Love the book one and the bsod!

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    Dwayne Charrington

    December 31, 2007 11:27 am

    Wow, nice list! You’ve given me inspiration to work on my 404 page now as well.

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    This 404 page has a 303 synth toy embedded!

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    Lot’s of original ideas in this list.

    Here is our contribution to the world of 404s… the Magic 404 :)

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    Also check out using your 404 page to boost your google ranking with this Google 404 plugin for wordpress.

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    Someone sent me this 404 at Xmas. Made me laugh.

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    Really inspiring! Mine should have a search box already, but I need to get more on top of this. See if I can find something more creative. :)

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    bule screen of death , LOL

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    Cool 404′s. Inspired me to do my own.

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    Very impressed. These are some great designs and I been noticing in my stats
    that I have been getting 1000′s of 404 error pages not found so I want to find a
    way to make it more useful and at the same time, capitalize on sales and leads.

    Terrance Charles

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    The big problem with most of these is that it takes the user a while to realise there’s no content, because there is content specifically made to replace what obviously appears to these designers to be a negative on a 404 — the rightful lack of content.

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    These have inspired me to create a custom 404 page.

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    jamie Huskisson

    April 25, 2008 9:23 am

    http://www.jhuskisson.com/404/ – new site launched, new 404 page

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    No 404 YET, haha

    April 27, 2008 3:14 pm

    Sooo cool. Geez I am way behind the times. Definately adding this to my to-do list.

    Thx for the refs

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    Greatness!!! There are some awesome 404′s out there…

    http://www.geeksquad.com/404.html

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    Nice post. Good for inspiration.

    Iconolab’s 404.
    Link

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    Inspired by your post, I just put up my dramatically improved 404 page:

    http://conflictzen.com/404

    Thanks for the great ideas and motivation!

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    Had a little fun with my own 404 page.
    Link
    Inspired by tiwistory.com

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    Terrance Charles

    July 8, 2008 6:20 pm

    I caught this post again. I must say after checking out the 404 error pages and decided to use one on my main blog that get’s about 600+ unique visitors daily, I noticed a BIG increase in my conversion from lost visitors, sales, and signups… THANKS!

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    Heh. I found this post amusing. I still like my 404, though.

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    Here is my version of 404

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    I always liked the one on humanclock.com:

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    the best is #15!!!! loooool

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    LOL! The Rainfall Daffinson one says “Sorry (jebiga) the page you’re trying to view is not there”

    “Jebiga” means “fuck it” in Serbian >:D

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    402 Payment Required

    If you think there should be some web page at current location, contact me and I may write it for you for a minor fee.

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    we need a 404 on Bush and Paulson – Link

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    qiang!

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    Here is the 404 from my comics strips’ website:
    http://www.mutacao.com.br/pato/php/404.php?l=en

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    Thanks barbara..u have given me an idea!

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    Inspired by this article, I created my own fun 404 page:

    LINK

    Thanks!

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    Heres another one with a clever image – http://www.lightpostcreative.com/404

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    Here is a very funny 404 page: http://www.commuto.com/error

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    This post has to be the best 404-page ressource in the internet. I haven’t seen so many error pages before like here. Thanks for the inspiring collection!

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    Link This is mine. I just did it yesterday.

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    Wow. Never even thought about redesigning the 404 page. Great article.

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    I’m a bit disappointed to see all those technical “404 errors”. Does any visitor know where you are talking about? Only people who actually build websites, as well as other IT professionals know what the 404 means. Is it that hard to use a clear message the users directly understand?
    Otolar

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    Great selection.
    Another artistic 404 page : http://www.juergenspecht.com/?error=404

    Thanks for the inspiration and sharing

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    If some people only knew how important a 404 error page really is, I see big companies making this mistake too, losing out on traffic and sales, after I started really using them, it’s responsible for $100′s extra monthly… I use one that I saw up here, liked the simple design.

    Here’s my custom 404 page…
    http://www.terrancecharles.com/blog/sm

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    check this site, nothing beats this 404

    http://www.bluedaniel.com/4040.php

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    Ooo good error pages. Thanks for share.

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    I made one myself I want to share – http://www.reelfishn.net/404.htm

    I love the simpson one!

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    Great page…never new I could do so much with a 404…

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    Well, then, never ever really thought about that 404-prob. But then, suddenly, i was pushed into the new dimension. mistyped… a 404-page… but a cute one. (sorry, the address is lost somehow — 404.) A little investigation, and i found this page full of ideas. Wanted a 404 that’s quite similar to the rest of the blog. So, here’s my 404.

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    hello everyone
    does anybody know what to do when the 404 error is displayed on a site?
    i mean how to fix it ¡ cause every time i try to go on my site the 404 message appears
    thanks ¡

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    My favourite is the PurePwnage ;

    http://www.purepwnage.com/404.html

    I like the Youtube one too, I don’t think they still have it;

    “Sorry, something went wrong.
    A team of highly trained monkey has been dispatched to deal with this situation.
    Please report this incident to customer service. “

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    Hi!
    Can you see my 404 page?
    If you like this can you add my page in this post?
    Link: (no spam)
    404 link
    And link on gif image ;)
    Image
    I stylized as cmd…

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    we had fun with this one.

    http://www.tintedpixel.com/404

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    Hey, we thought this was good too! http://brunswick.com/brands/cola

    Of course, cough, ahem, we, uh, thought of it here at GS Design….. (80% of this client’s base is marine related.)

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    this one makes me happy – http://raiseforfuture.com/what/404/huh

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    Wow! Thanx a lot! Very useful article for inspiration. Look at my 404 Error Page: Link

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    Burak Kantarcı

    April 17, 2009 3:23 am

    Great! i will use them for my blog.

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    thx

    :)

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    Love this listing! I just got done writing a post on my site about status page design and was delighted to have found this listing. Lots of good (and funny!) designs.

    Here’s my 404 and 500.

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    And in antique art it looks like this, please see http://www.antiken-kabinett.de/error-page.htm

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    Should have included Homestar’s REAL 404 page (just as funny as “system is down” : http://www.homestarrunner.com/404

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    I created a custom 404 page for my website running on WordPress. Check it out at Source47.com

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    I’m pretty sure that Rainfall guys are aware of the fact that “jebiga” means “fu#k it” simply because they’re from Republika srpska (one of two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina) where Serbian is official language. LOL

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    This is my custom 404 page. surferport

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    Found an other nice one: http://www.station.ch/404

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    Look at

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    Muitoo bom mesmo
    adorei

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    How about a nice, clean design with a little humor? http://www.rareview.com/nopage

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    Nice new error page from the BBC based on the old test card.

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    smashingmagazine 404 is not at all creative……………..U dint intend it that ways ?

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    This was a fantastic comp, and well done to all who entered. What’s involved in the copyright of these? If I wanted to use an idea for it (for example, the book one, ‘page not found’) am I allowed to? Is it just a matter of crediting?

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    You guys can include my website to http://www.net-breeze.com/about/dsfdsdfggh

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    A new idea. 404Toons to help you customize your 404 page. They are free. Thought you might enjoy them. http://www.404toons.com.

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    Thanks guys for your postings. I want to show to you one more beautiful error page 404 idea http://www.kontain.com/bickov/entries/36756/page-404/

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    Here’s ours for ProWorkflow (project management)
    http://proworkflow.com/abc.cfm

    We have an orange theme going…

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    Well ours is not online yet but we hope it makes the next list
    404 screen shot for new site

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    Rafał Kukiełka

    July 16, 2009 7:44 am

    This one is simple but funny

    LINK

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    My favourite:
    “You have reached the end of the Internet.”
    Some other good ones at:
    http://www.gamewyrd.com/archives/wyrderrors.php

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    Chris Olberding

    July 28, 2009 12:52 pm

    We went wif a sad baybay – S4 404

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    Great idea !

    Here is my customised my 404 page.

    I’ve used a picture of the famous Peugeot 404 and write the story of this famous vehcile (text from Wikipedia)

    Very relevant because lmy blog is in French and all frenchies knows about the Peugeot 404 :-)

    Here is the URL : http://www.electronic-illusions.be/blog/404.php

    Tell me what do you think

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    Most Interesting Ideas

    September 9, 2009 3:20 am

    One more

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    Check one more beautiful error page 404 idea http://www.moinid.com/2009/09/error-page-404-idea

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    Its always nice to see something that makes a frustrating situation that little bit more bearable. Ive always loved the retro styling of the BBCs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/404 A true hats off to the days before News 24 :)

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    Some of 404 pages are very nice…linke tihis Vedeževanje

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    I love this:

    http://www.muvi.cz/chybova-stranka.htm

    It’s in czech. Muvi is webTV :-)

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    Amazing, I’ll post mine: http://www.equipe-s.com/somethingwrong .
    Made with Swift3d and Fireworks…

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    Great posting! I will work on my own page and post it here soon… lets hope i can be as original as these guys. I think all sites should have custom 404 pages. A site i go to has nothing and they should. I dont know how many members they have but for sure over 300 000… how many 404 errors are generated, surelly a lot! Oh well… New posting coming soon with my page.

    Cheers!

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    Here is my 404 error page Click Here

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    Here is a great music lessons error page: http://takelessons.com/error

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    William Tarlington

    October 26, 2009 2:16 pm

    I love the 404 with all the clutter… might have to try one with that as a concept.

    “OH NOEZ!” This one’s pretty good!
    http://www.myfreelife.com/404

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    this one’s from the News Tribune of Seattle. and it appears that kittens are in an upswing on the job market.

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/869/index.html

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    Check out our new 404 page for when you can’t find the latest t-shirt: http://riptapparel.com/404

    Love the redesign!

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    Check out a random 404 at RacWire.com, I hit one by accident and could not stop laughing,

    http://www.rackwire.com/sdfsdf

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    This page also pretty good, and very funny…
    http://www.konuttakas.com/404/

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    these are so cool. amazing creativity!

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    Damian Herrington

    January 7, 2010 4:18 am

    Great post!
    Just added a 404 to my site: damianherrington.co.uk/404.html

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    Very nice post !!

    Just have a look to mine : http://www.screenquiz.com/damn_good_404_page

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    My industrial 404 page (carved in metal):

    http://www.stjepantafra.com/404

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    Maybe the best 404 ever:
    http://www.amcharts.com/404/

    Cheers,

    Karl

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    My input amongst this pile of 404 pages.

    http://www.admagic.in/xyzpages

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    Comfort the disappointed. Entertain visitors with the funniest comedian …

    http://www.etcshow.com/error-404-page-not-found.html

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    Thanks for the great article guys, it really inspired me to do our 404 page as well: A little racy but still Safe for work :))

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    Patrick O'Callaghan

    April 9, 2010 5:54 pm

    So much inspiration here! Here’s our new one, hope you like it: http://www.conservationenterprises.com/test/unfound.html

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    Here is a great piano lessons error page: Piano Lessons in the Grand Rapids Area MI

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    exf_eighternal

    June 3, 2010 8:15 am

    thanks! very good pictures.
    I´ll try find some new

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    404 page for our webdesign company:
    http://www.e-kon.be/404

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    Here’s a simple (pure text) but great 404 page sample
    http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com/news/404

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    hmm, the link i posted don’t work..

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    Excellent ..very inspiring ..better than the boring standard ones ..off to make mine now!

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    I spent a-bit too long on our new 404 page, the games coming soon: http://www.digitalmediaprojects.co.uk/404

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    Awesome, with some help from the client, I came up with this one :)

    http://www.davidkane.co.uk/404

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    Ah cool 404 page at survivor-magazine.com/404.php

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    hi nice collection of 404 pages.

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    Well, I saw a nice one in a blog talking about how to localize error pages: http://www.seo-translator.com/did-you-localize-your-error-pages/

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    Really cool collection here, we were inspired and created our own 404 here:
    http://www.kitedigital.co.uk/404

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    this one is the best for me https://dinahosting.com/404

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    Nice article! Thanks! Just would like to point out though that the best for webmasters would to to avoid broken links and thus 404 pages shown completely – by regular checks for dead links using tools like http://www.link-checker.info/ etc.

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    I loved those ones!
    Here is another one: http://blog.bagr.si/404.php

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    Great collection for the 404 pages.
    I have mine redesigned recently, check it here: http://chykalophia.com/404

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    I like the last one the best! It is so funny!

    “Ummmm, whats going on here? What happened to my website?”

    “The system is down Yo!”

    “Oooooo, the system”

    Thats funny! :)

    Sincerely,
    Nathan

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    Nice collection! Another one for the list: Abduzeedo’s 404

    http://abduzeedo.com/error

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    one more for you to consider: http://www.appsplit.com/something

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    really thanks to this information

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    couldn’t find their 404 just their generic error. It’s good to know they’re aware of their ego though:
    http://www.groupeelove.com/Error/Generic

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    Just want to share our brand new 404 page as we got lots of inspiration from this and previous posts. Hope you like it too, any comment will be highly appreciated: http://online-behavior.com/404

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    hehe, I think I have to make a better 404page for my site as well.

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    Akhtar @Smashingwall

    February 17, 2011 11:08 pm

    thanks for great post, might be you like few here: http://smashingwall.com/inspiration/404-error-pages-examples/

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    Definitely this site take it all:
    http://www.personetics.com/xyz

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    Nice collection!! Would be nice if it was updated!

    here it is our 404 error page!
    http://www.gmake.com.br/404

    and 505 internal error:
    http://www.gmake.com.br/505

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    Almost all of these examples are examples of a epic fail.
    1) you should never post the the error code 404 on the screen
    2) don’t make the user feel like their an idiot. Usually 404s are a result of mistyping something or there is a bad link the application – be apologetic – assume it was your fault, not the users… e.g. post a message assuming that it was a bad link.
    3) make it simple, most of these examples have way too much information and clutter

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    404 page of Attorney at law from Moscow http://www.shvakin.ru/404.shtml

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    just love these… even made my own 404 page :) check it out on http://tinyurl.com/6fb5597

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    Anirudh K. Mahant

    May 27, 2011 4:52 am

    These are cool, and I can’t resist writing something here what about:

    404 – Not Found ?

    You just found me by mistake, really wanna bet that I’m ever gonna change?

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    Little Red Riding Hood & the wolf
    http://www.noah-design.nl/404

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    As a cartoonist I think the 404 page has so much potential for humor. Here are two of my designs for error pages: http://www.enginenewity.com/404.html and http://www.agostographics.com/404.html

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    I like this 404 from my hosting company… http://catn.com/404

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    here is another one that could fit in the category inventive en cool: http://www.cgtopia.eu/404.html

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    You have to check this one out… left me in tears funny… http://www.estechnicalsolutions.com/abc

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    Thanks to this list. Now I have an idea how to create an awesome 404 page. :D

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    You could add this one for the next one http://www.gluetip.com/404

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    Or this for the English version http://www.gluetip.co.uk/404

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    Hi,

    Here is another funny 404 for you to view.

    http://www.speedysigns.com/ta

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    Back to the future theme: http://bedmap.com/404

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    Great, now I wasted the afternoon looking for funny 404′s. It seems that the best ones come from web design firms – http://www.adamantean.com/404.html whereas the giant sites dont really put in the effort – http://www.amazon.co.uk/404.html – snore zzz

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    they all were successful and interesting 404 page designs, a very successful and creative.

    I would like to share with you my page 404:) Turkish, but I think the design is as beautiful. Design and coding was done with HTML5. :)

    http://www.engintopcuoglu.com.tr/404

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    Here’s an animated Tomb Raider 404 page:
    http://larashots.com/404.html

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    Just starting out .. would welcome any feedback on this:
    http://deepanjandatta.com/404/

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    Here’s another one (in french) http://lubie.co/404/index.html

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    I agree with some of the people who commented that most people don’t know what a 404 error is in the first place.

    I think a page should at least tell that something has gone wrong and what can be done.

    That still leaves enough room for creativity, as you can see on this page: http://www.rolluikshop.be/404

    There’s a link to the product as well as helpful info that tells people what they can do.

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    Thanks for help.all images are verry intresting

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    don’t know.. none of them is impressive. some of these 404-s will even make the visitor to close the window in panic

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    few more interesting 404 :)
    artweb-media.com/pl/blog/entry/przydatna-strona-bledu-404.html

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    Find other 404 here

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    Lost? Here is our updated 404 – http://www.allconnect.com/404

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    This 404 page is great: http://www.impdesigns.com/404

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    This post is Amazing!

    Hey Guys, please take a look at our 404 page!

    http://www.softnow.com.br/IdoNotExist

    Thanks!!!

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    Pragnesh Tavadia

    June 4, 2013 5:56 pm

    WOW! what creativity in 404 Pages, totally inspired :)

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    Check out this example of a 404 page, which promises to help save the world: http://404gotten.org/

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