If a page on your website no longer exists or if a link is incorrect, your users will see your 404 page. 404 Not Found is an HTTP response status code that means the requested resource could not be found but may be available in the future. Subsequent requests by the client are permissible. Ref: Wikipedia.
By default, your theme controls the content on your 404 page. Using 404page plugin and Page Builder by SiteOrigin, creating a custom 404 page is much quicker and easier than you might think. Adding useful links, a search form and perhaps even a contact form is a great way to engage your users and hopefully help them find the content they were looking for.
Once Page Builder and the Widgets Bundle plugins are activated, go to PluginsSiteOrigin Widgets to activate the widgets you’d like to make use of. Not all of the widgets are activated by default.
Assigning a Custom 404 Page
Go to PagesAdd New to create your custom 404 page if you haven’t done so already. Next, with 404page plugin activated, go to Apppearance404 Error Page. Use the General: Page to be displayed as 404 page setting to choose the page to be used as your custom 404 page.
Editing Your Custom 404 Page
Go to Pages and edit the page you’ve chosen to be your custom 404 page. Click on the Page Builder tab to edit your page using Page Builder by SiteOrigin. If you’d like to start with our demo page, download the demo JSON layout (Right click and Save As). Click LayoutsImport/Export to import the layout.
Finally, test your 404 page by going to a URL you know doesn’t exist. For example http://demo.siteorigin.com/corp/nopagehere. You can also go to Appearance404 Error Page and click the Test 404 error button.
Additional Features and a Helping Hand with SiteOrigin Premium
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