When designing the 404 page for your website, what should you think about?
- tone of voice - don't make it too technical. You just need a simple messaging explaining that the page they were looking for doesn't exist. A bit of humour doesn't go amiss either !
- clear navigation, or menu - to make sure the visitor stays on your website.
- branding - the design should fit in with the rest of your site.
- a search box/ function can be useful in helping visitors find the content they were looking for.
So, we've trawled the web in search of some great examples to inspire you. Here are our (weird and wonderful!) findings...
1. Erm, this is awkward. Know any jokes? We love how the jokes just keep coming as you click on the image !
2. I say, William, this page is devoid of function !
3. Here is a bouncing elephant instead....This page is quite possibly our favourite. Mostly because of the sheer randomness.
4. Can't find what you're looking for? Pacman is surely the answer.
5. I have terrible news...
6. CTRL+ALT+DEL is always the answer .... including for lost web pages? Hmmmm
7. Oh dear. You made the racoon cry.
8. "Seems as though the cat got the server's tongue." Yes, this wins the prize for strangest 404 page.
9. Let's shoot the web designer.
10. This last one needs to be visited to get the full dizzying (quite literally) experience. Here's the link.