Oh no, a 404 page! Those are the worst, right? Wrong! if you’ve actually put some thought and creativity into it, you can turn a lousy, annoying page into a beautiful, fun or interactive opportunity to get more traffic and conversions on your site. We’ve gathered a list of Best and Creative 404 Pages from around the web, to give you some inspiration and ideas for your own error page. But before we proceed to those examples, here’s a few advice on what to take into account when crafting your own 404.
Best Design Practices for 404 Pages
- Don’t just notify them that an error happened, explain that the page they’re looking for doesn’t exist anymore. Offer a few alternative pages to visit, that they may be interested in. Some fun content, your product/portfolio page, etc. Keep them engaged and intrigued.
- Less is more, remember? While offering a few alternative links and pages, keep it clean. Don’t bombard them with everything you’ve got. Include 3-4 options max. Play with fonts, icons and your message. Love humor or sarcasm? Use it! It shows your personality and puts a smile on their face, turning a frustrating situation into a funny and relaxed one. They might even remember your site better now.
- Branding. Obviously. Use your ninja creativity skills to craft something good looking, pleasant and mesmerizing to the eye, that is aligned to your brand and website aesthetics.
How to Design Your Own 404 Page
Got some ideas stirring already? Take a look at these 7 plugins for WordPress websites, to get some help with creating your own killer 404 page. Now, sit down and enjoy this inspiration list of 404 Page Designs from big and small brands as well as freelance designers.
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Best 404 Page Designs
Hope you enjoyed, got inspired and cracked a few smiles here and there. Remember, there’s no right and wrong here. But if you get really stuck, there’s always Lionel Richie there to help. But if you really want to take your website a few levels up, revamp and get rid of the old dusty pages and design. All our stunning themes are 15% off this weekend with the code FLO4th!