Freckles in April: Blog Therapy | Custom Page Not Found Message

Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Therapy | Custom Page Not Found Message




When people get turned around on your blog and somehow end up on a page that doesn't exist or has been removed, it's fun to have a custom message awaiting instead of the standard "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist."

Here's how to set up a custom error message:

(click to enlarge any of my screenshots)

From your dashboard go to Settings > Search Preferences then look for "Custom Page Not Found" and click edit.



Type your error message in the box. This function supports HTML, so you can include an image or a link, if you'd like. I've got both. If you'd like to include an image, you'll need to host it elsewhere (I show you how to do that right here). Then, grab your image link.

The HTML for an image is:

<img src="imagelink.jpg">

The HTML for a link is

<a href="url.com">Link Text!</a>

So my code looks like this:

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZMqpBJVK434/UcnqsKAKndI/AAAAAAAAJDY/CMgyTEstdEw/s400/OopsIBroketheInternet.jpg"> <br/>
Oh dang! Something is broken. <a href="http://frecklesinapril.com">Go back home!</a>

Here's what my custom error page looks like (before I updated the look of my blog, anyway)-

Or click right here to see it live!

Questions? Concerns? Leave them in the comments.




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3 comments:

  1. thanks for this information

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  2. I am done, but how to view it then?

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    1. Just enter a random page that doesn't exist on your blog. Like www.frecklesinapril.com/blah (which isn't a real page on my blog) will show you my error message.

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