Website visitors land on a 404 error page when they try to visit a page that does not exist. This can be because the page has been moved or removed, the server or internet connection is down, users have clicked a broken link, or users typed the wrong URL. Typically 404 error pages result in one of the following messages:
- 404 Not Found
- HTTP 404 Not Found
- 404 Error
- The page cannot be found
When it comes to the overall design of 404 pages there are two options — a generic 404 page or a custom 404 page. Generic pages spit out messages with no regard to the design. Custom are pages are not only prettier, they can be useful too.
I like to keep my 404 pages simple, with included links to direct visitors to better, more interesting places. Here are a few examples.
Motion helps make UIs expressive and easy to use. Despite having so much potential, motion is perhaps the least understood of all the design disciplines.
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