404 pages. Error pages. “Page not found” pages. You know what we’re talking about. Usually, you get to these pages on a website when the domain is right but the path is wrong. You can also get there if the URL simply doesn’t exist.
We usually address old or incorrect URL paths by using redirects, which forward users to a new or existing page.
This is especially useful when launching a shiny new site on an existing domain. By redirecting the old URLs to the new site, visitors will still end up at the right spot. If developers don’t take the time to redirect those pesky URLs, you’ll end up on the dreaded 404 page.
When building custom websites, we love to leave a personal touch wherever we can. 404 pages leave a lot of room to add a little bit of personality, but as long as we’re doing our jobs right, you’ll never get to see them!
In honor of the pages you’ll (hopefully) never see, we thought we’d share our favorites with you.