Beauty of 404 page designs
February 13th, 2014
404 error page: According to Wikipedia “The 404 or Not Found error message is a HTTP standard response code indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find what was requested. The web site hosting server will typically generate a “404 Not Found” web page when a user attempts to follow a broken or dead link; hence the 404 error is one of the most recognisable errors users can find on the web.”
In simple words it’s the page which is not on your website anymore, it may have been moved when the site was updated, or simply deleted because of any reason. It is smarter for web developers and designers to build a page when visitors couldn’t find a page on your site, otherwise they’ll see a broken link and probably think that site is not working.
Over the period of years, websites have been designed with some nice looking 404 pages with good messages. I have researched many websites for 404 pages, and in this post sharing the pages of web design agencies or people related to web business. There are many different types of pages, enjoy them!
45royale has put up a fun message with a link to the home page.
Ala’s cute white rabbit is trying to find the page, but ofcourse it can’t. Instead it would take you to the home page.
This Buffalo know you’re on the wrong page by shaking it’s head.
Coulee Creative has put up a simple message on their 404 page. It’s simple and effective.
These smart Robots would take you home.
Kittens are sad they couldn’t find that page.
It’s a looong page.. I don’t know why they are sorry. It’s not their mistake.
This German studio’s white sprite would take you home.
Fhoke’s message is clear and simple. Love the Typography!
Flywheel, which provides simple WordPress hosting has a simple statement for 404 page. It is effective and comes with links to other pages.
Even if someone didn’t like that the result they were searching for is not available on their website, they would not mind anymore because of this cute dog. Very clever, Forty.
Frank digital’s 404 page doesn’t include the navigation (I think it’s the one from the hosting company), but it is quite minimal, that’s good.
Impressive design. Monster illustration is good, that’s what this company is known for.
Ah! very smart message. They are not taking you to other pages, they are asking you to hire them, that in my opinion is the best 404 message. Sales team’s favourite
Check out ours 404. We take you everywhere
Her minimal approach to design is reflected on 404 page as well. This page is simple and gives a search function, however, there’s just a small glitch, if the Keyword is not found on search result page, there’s no search bar right there to search again.
Kait Bos has a nice minimal design as well.
Surprisingly, Kickstarter has a simple design too.
Nice message, colors and navigation by Matthew Carleton. Good thinking there.
Paravel has given a personal touch to their 404 page. That just works!
Ride’s 404 design has a different take. It leads you to home page as well.
SoftFacade has a simple message, nothing else.
Squarespace has a beautiful design. This industry leader has thought very well to give a sidebar navigation to search it’s large website.
Out of these designs, which one(s) do you like the most? If you have other interesting 404 page designs which are related to web design industry, do let me know.