How to setup custom 404 error page in blogger

Custom 404 error page is a dedicated custom error page setup for any broken link post or page url of a blog, directing the visitors to the site home page, other pages, or on what next to do. It is the very first page when users try to reach a non existence page on your blog.

Custom error page or 404 page help your potential customers against getting lost, stumbling visitors on a dedicated and customized error page with some specific instruction that can still get the juice captured, either by directing the visitor to home page, blog label (category), products or services or desired required actions. 

Google personally recommended every blogger who have access to his or her server to create custom 404 error page because, “a good custom 404 page will help people find the information they are looking for, as well as providing other helpful contents and encourage your website” – Google.

Since custom 404 or error page can also be a standard HTML page, it therefore means that you can customize it in your very own way.

A good 404 page format


Below are some suggestions creating and effective custom 404 error page that can help the visitor on your site and help them find the information there are looking for:
1.     Be open to your visitors by telling them clearly that the page they are looking for is not broken or not found. Ensure telling them in a friendly language.

2.     Make sure the 404 page look same theme, including navigation just as the rest of your other site page, look and feel.

3.     Consider adding links of your most popular posts, labels (categories), products and services, or any other page you would love redirecting them.

4.     Be creative and user interactive by providing a way in which the user can report your broken error page.

5.     Ensure the actual custom 404 page is what the missing link redirect to, and that it does not get index by the search engines.

Setting up custom 404 error page

Follow the below step by step practice and guidelines if your want to setup your custom 404 error page:

1.     Log into your blogspot or blogger 'dashboard' depending on your platform.

2.     In your blogger or blogspot dashboard, click on 'settings'.

3.     In the same setting types results, click on 'search preference'.

4.     Search preference will take you to a page where you’ll see “custom page not found” as appeared on the right circled above image. Click on the “Edit’ beside it for a box to open. See image below.

5.     Now, it’s time to customize your 404 error page. So, how do you do that? Note: Do not exist the very custom page not found window (in your own case, the opened box will be empty) but open another window in your blogger as if you want to make a new blog post by clicking on 'new post' in your dashboard.

7.     In the new post window, leave the blog title space blank and head straight to the post body where you can start customizing your 404 error page the exact way you want it.

8.     Remember that you can add a 404 image just as you normally add image in your blog post or page. For example, you can setup your 404 error page by saying “Sorry for the interruption, the page or post url you are looking for is broken or not available in this website, simply go to our home page, member’s account, or products and services page” etc. 

9.     Remember that while setting up 404 error page you are on a ‘compose function’ as normally on every new post or page. Close to the 'compose' function is 'HTML' function which appears at the top left of the page. 

When you are done writing and setting up how your custom 404 error page should look like, click on the 'HTML' function so you can copy its automatic customized custom HTML code of the 'composed 404 page details'. Ensure saving the html somewhere because you’ll need it

10.     Now, go back to the 'opened box' of your first dashboard search preference settings area of the custom page not found, Now paste the saved generated HTML code of the composed 404 error page details.

11.            Finally, click on “save details”.

In conclusion, if you follow the above step by steps guidelines and directives, you'll surely configured your 404 error page as desired; and if certainly when there is an error or omission in your blog post or page urls, your visitors would certainly stumble at the customized dedicated 404 error page.

You can thank me later if succeeded, but remember to share. Thanks

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