A 404 page not found error comes from the site and not the server. A 404 is an HTTP status code that means you’re able to communicate with the server but the server can’t find the specific page
- Please be aware that the page you are looking for can’t be found.
- Click this homepage link to back to the main page
- If you would like to report a broken link or missing page, please do Contact Gent’s Club
- In the menu bar, you will find a search box to help you find what you are looking for
- This page is connected directly to my Google webmasters area, so any 404 errors will be reported immediately.
404 Page tips and tricks
When you are thinking about the design of a 404 error page, first consider how it works in relationship to the rest of the site. What is the mood or tone of your overall design? How can this page match that feel?
Great error pages mesh seamlessly with the site they live on. If your site has a light and humorous tone, so should the 404 page. The colors and imagery should also have a consistent design. Be careful though in the design not to blame the user for landing on the wrong page. (This happens more frequently than you might think.)
Think about the design for an error page as you would any other page in the overall design scheme.
- Maintain design consistency. Use the same color, typography, and image styles that are integrated on other pages of the website.
- Maintain branding. Using the same logo, header, and footer treatment will help users recognize your site.
- Keep it simple visually. Less is more when it comes to error pages.
- Don’t make users scroll. This is a one-screen design.
- Avoid too many gimmicks. While it is a good idea to maintain the tone and feel of your site and brand, too many “extras” can make users forget what they were looking for in the first place.
- Apologize and be empathetic. It’s ok to be sorry that a user landed in the wrong place.
- If your site requires a login, add a place for it. (Did the error happen because the user needed to be logged in?)
- Be creative. Or funny. But test the page first. Make sure random users “get it.”
- If you use the “404 error,” add a second line of text telling users what it means or what they need to do next.
For more information on good 404 practices, please visit the relevant webpage by Google