A bog-standard Error 404 page, which you find on most websites if a URL is typed in incorrectly or if some content previously on the site has been deleted, will contain a short message informing you of that fact. Informative though they are, they don’t do anything else, which is why some site owners are using them as a blank canvas to be a little creative.
Some use it to direct visitors back to their homepage while others choose to showcase their artistic qualities or perhaps tell a little joke to make visitors feel a little more at ease despite not finding what they were hoping for. Here, we have four examples of how 404 pages are being turned on their head:
It’s hard to tell straight away whether this page has any meaning, but Chrisglass’s 404 is pretty impressive.
Harking back to an earlier age in computing, this effort from Atspace is pretty inventive, if a little confusing!
Similar to the Tom Hanks’ classic, Castaway, you are stranded on a beach in this creation by Virgin Holidays Cruises.
Limpfish created this page, which will surely raise a smile for even the most aggrieved site visitor.
This Fluther 404 page tries to get sympathy from the visitor, which might actually work!