Learn to design your 404 error page with the website builder.
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What is a 404 page?
The official definition of a 404 page is that it is an error page or a "Page Not Found" page.
It is a page specifically designed to communicate to a website visitor that the URL path entered provided no information.
Still curious? Keep reading! If not, click here to skip to Building your 404 page.
Okay, let's dive into that definition a little further.
Let's talk about a "URL".
URL stands for "Uniform Resource Locator", which simply put, means the web address.
Generally speaking, URLs have three parts:
- The Protocol
- The Domain Name
- The Path
For example, the web address "https://learningwithme.com/store" has
- a Protocol: "https://"
- a Domain Name: "learningwithme.com"
- and a Path: "/store".
But what happens if you were to mistype and enter "https://learningwithme.com/star"? You may have entered your domain correctly, but the path leads to nowhere.
That is when your 404 page will appear!
Now that we know when a 404 page will display, let's discuss what a 404 page does best.
"404" refers to an HTML code response. That means the 404 is the three-digit signifier to cover any broken or dead links on your site.
Alright, final example.
Let's say that you have a landing page with the domain "https://learningwithme/new-year-promotion" and you link from your homepage.
But later you decide to draft (or unpublish) your landing page, but forget to remove the link from your homepage.
Your 404 page captures visitors that may click on a broken link so they don't get bounced off your site.
Instead, they will get to see your branded, thoughtfully designed error page! And they can go back and continue exploring the rest of your site.
So, what is the point of having a 404 page?
To keep your visitors on your site when they encounter a broken path.
Okay okay, now we all know that it is better to fix broken links on our sites, but it is still important to have a 404 page in place as a backup.
And with Kajabi, we make it easy on you.
Because we get it, you have other things to focus on!
Your 404 page is pre-built onto your website with a simple, straight-forward message to bring any lost visitors back to your homepage:
But maybe you want to get a little creative? Perhaps you want a little extra "pizzazz".
Because hey, this is the internet after all.
Building the 404 page
With the website builder, you can design a 404 page that can delight your visitors and personalize your brand.
Because the 404 page should be simple in nature with clear instructions to return to your site, add:
to design your 404 page.
To begin customizing your 404 page:
- Open the Website tab from your Dashboard.
- Click the Pages tab.
- Select the 404 Page from your list of website pages to begin customizing: