404page – your smart custom 404 error page – WordPress plugin Free download

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404page – your smart custom 404 error page

Description

With 90,000+ active installations the 404page plugin is the most used plugin to create a customized 404 error page in WordPress.

Bringing visitors to your website takes time and effort. Every visitor is important. The default 404 error page of most themes do not provide any information on what to find on your site. A first tme visitor, who does not know you, is left in a dead end and leaves your website. Set up a helpful custom 404 error page to keep him on your site.

This handy plugin allows you to easily create your own 404 error page without any effort and it works with almost every theme.

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Usage

Create your custom 404 error page just like any other page using the WordPress Page Editor. Then go to ‘Appearance’ -> ‘404 Error Page’ and select the created page as your custom 404 error page. That’s it!

Why use this plugin?

Different from other similar plugins the 404page plugin does not create redirects. That’s quite important because a correct code 404 is delivered which tells search engines that the page does not exist and has to be removed from the index.

Different from other similar plugins the 404page plugin does not create additional server requests.

Requirements

The only requirement for this plugin is that you change the Permalink Structure in ‘Settings’ -> ‘Permalinks’ to anything else but ‘Plain’. This also activates the WordPress 404 error handling.

Docs & Support

Plugin Manual

Support Forum

Videos

A brief Introduction to the free WordPress Plugin 404page

A quick Overview over the Advanced Settings

“Force 404 error after loading page” explained

“Disable URL Autocorrecton Guessing” explained

“Send HTTP Status Code 410 for trashed objects” explained

“Compatibility Mode” explained

Plugin Privacy Information

This plugin does not set cookies
This plugin does not collect or store any data
This plugin does not send any data to external servers

Peters’ Plugins Privacy Information Page

Compatibility

The 404page plugin was sucessfully tested by the author with the following themes

Athena
Customizr (Read more about Customizr Compatibility Mode)
evolve
GeneratePress
Graphene
Hemingway
Hueman
Responsive
Spacious
Sparkling
Sydney
Twenty Ten
Twenty Eleven
Twenty Twelve
Twenty Thirteen
Twenty Fourteen
Twenty Fifteen
Twenty Sixteen
Twenty Seventeen
Vantage
Virtue
Zerif Lite

The 404page plugin was sucessfully tested by the author with the following starter themes

Bones
JointsWP
undersores

The 404page plugin was sucessfully tested by the author with the following plugins

bbPress
BuddyPress
DW Question & Answer
hashtagger
Page Builder by SiteOrigin
Polylang
User Submitted Posts
WooCommerce
WP Super Cache (Read more about WP Super Cache Compatibility)
WPML WordPress Multilingual Plugin (officially approved by WPML team)

For developers

Action Hook

The plugin adds an action hook 404page_after_404 which you can use to add extra functionality. The exact position the action occurs after an 404 error is detected depends on the Operating Method. Your function must not generate any output. There are no parameters.

Native Support

If you are a theme developer you can add native support for the 404page plugin to your theme for full control. Read more.

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Screenshots

The default 404 error page of the currently used themme (WP Bootstrap Starter used for this example)
Editing the custom 404 error page using the Classic Editor
Editing the custom 404 error page using the Block Editor (Gutenberg)
Select the created page as 404 error page
The custom 404 error page in action

FAQ

Will it work with the theme I’m using?

This plugin is designed to work with as many themes as possible. It uses the WordPress Template System to detect and handle 404 errors. If your theme makes use of this Template System this plugin will work properly. If it does not the plugin offers a so called Compatibility Mode, which uses its completely own method to detect and handle 404 errors. If this plugin does not work properly, try to activate Compatibility Mode.

Are 404 errors redirected?

No, there is no redirection! The chosen page is delivered as a ‘real’ 404 error page. This results in a HTTP 404 code and not in 301 or 302, which is important for Search Engines to tell them, that the page does not exist and should be deleted from the index.

Is it possible to add custom CSS to the 404 page?

The 404page plugin adds a CSS class error404 to the <body> tag which can be used for extra styling.

Where can I get help?

Please use the Support Forum.

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