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ErrorDocument 404

After you're done, saverepparttar file as plain text and make sure that it is named ".htaccess", without quotes of course. The hard part is now over, all that is left is to createrepparttar 134453 custom 404 page (404page.html) that loads when a 404 error occurs.

What should my 404 page look like? ==================================

Of course, you can put anything you want into it, but if your purpose is to encourage your visitors to click further into your site instead of leaving,repparttar 134454 page should obey some basic principles.

1. Don't give users a reason to panic. Including a large heading that screams "ERROR" is likely to makerepparttar 134455 visitor feel that he/she has done something wrong or that your site is not working properly. A better approach is to first greet them with a warm welcome and then explain thatrepparttar 134456 URL they were looking for could not be found, but should they browse around your site, they will surely findrepparttar 134457 information they need.

2. Makerepparttar 134458 page to look and feel similar torepparttar 134459 rest ofrepparttar 134460 pages on your site. Include your site's menu onrepparttar 134461 404 page to give visitors a fast and easy way to continue exploring instead of clicking away. A well-designed 404 page with plenty of links is far more attractive than one that has just black text on a white background and a link to your homepage.

3. If you haverepparttar 134462 skills, consider adding a search feature onrepparttar 134463 page that allows people to search your site for matches. Often your navigation menu will provide a clue on howrepparttar 134464 user might reachrepparttar 134465 information he/she would like to see, but if it doesn't there is a great risk of losingrepparttar 134466 visit. Placing a search utility onrepparttar 134467 page increasesrepparttar 134468 likelihood ofrepparttar 134469 user findingrepparttar 134470 desired page and thus remaining on your site.

After bothrepparttar 134471 .htaccess file andrepparttar 134472 HTML page are ready, FTP to your server, uploadrepparttar 134473 pages and enjoy your new custom 404 error page!

Lauri Harpf runs the A Promotion Guide website, where he offers free information about search engines, directories and other promotion methods. His site can be found at ----------------------------------

Is Your Web Host A Paddle Boat Or A Cruise Ship?

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