Oops, I thought I was going to open a page I was looking for, but all I can see is “404 error”. This is not helpful. What does it mean?
404 error means you have tied to access a page and the computer said no. That is, you have gone to the correct server but the page for some reason cannot display, sometimes called a ‘dead link’. This could be for a number of reasons:
- The page may have been deleted but associated links have not been updated.
- There may be a ‘glitch’ on the server, so the page is not loading.
- The URL is not correct.
Is there any way I can correct a 404 error?
- Check the URL, to make sure it correct.
- Reload the page, with F5, or shift + refresh.
- Use a search engine and search for the page.
- Try to navigate up a level to a previous directory to find the page or navigate to the home page.
- Clear you cache and clear your cookies.
As a web developer can I customize a 404 error page? You can have your server point to a customised error page, you can style yourself with HTML and CSS.
At least when your page does not display they user can see a nicer error message.