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Creating custom error pages:
-You may want to check with your hosting service first before creating custom error pages as certain hosting configurations may not allow you to create custom error pages.
-first design and publish pages to your web space. You'll only really need to design a couple for more common errors, for file not found (404) or unauthorised/forbidden (403, 401). Your custom error pages should have a brief summary of what went wrong and an encouragement for visitor to try again or explore a different area of site. The best custom error pages are those that match site's other pages in navigation and layout.
-After publishing pages, you'll need to edit .htaccess file in root directory of your server based web (not your local copy) . Use Edit utility (set to ASCII transfer mode) in your FTP program to view file. The .htaccess file contains a number of settings to control who can access contents of a specific directory and how much access they have. It can also be used to create a "URL Redirect".
-If you have a FrontPage based web, be especially careful, as .htaccess file contains other settings as well.
-If you don't find a .htaccess file, you can create your own, but once again, check with your hosting service first.
-Add following lines to end of file (examples provided as a guideline alter path and file names to point towards your error pages)
ErrorDocument 404 http://blah/blah/404.htm ErrorDocument 403 http://blah/blah/403.htm ErrorDocument 401 http://blah/blah/401.htm
Custom error pages are simple to produce, help you to increase your site traffic and encourage better visitor/customer relations.
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