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The Horror of the 404 Page

There’s a good chance you’ve come across the 404 page before. You know the page I mean? Hastily viral7typing in the URL of a page you desperately want to seek out, only for a bland, empty, ‘Error 404 – this page does not exist’ message to flash before your eyes.

It may as well just swear in your face, you know, a good old fashioned profanity.

So that may be a little harsh, but just a bit of humanity or humour – that’s all it would take and perhaps that fleeting feeling of failure would be removed. Thankfully, some companies are cottoning onto this and are creating 404 pages that delight and engage their potential customers. After all, it makes perfect business sense.

Whether it’s an image of Homer Simpson, alongside the obligatory ‘DOH!’ catchphrase, or a photo of a guy with a really bad 80s mullet and the caption ‘Something went wrong, very, very, very wrong’ – anything to distract the customer from the fact they messed up. There are even web sites set up dedicated to celebrating the best and most shared 404 pages on the net.

Of course, this tactic isn’t going to work with everyone. Not everyone has a sense of humour. My granddad is no technophobe, and uses the internet on a regular basis, but I can’t imagine a flicker of emotion in his face if he accidentally stumbled across a page featuring a donkey with flatulence issues. You can’t please all the people all the time, but you can give it a good old fashioned go. And cheer up Grandad, it might never happen. Check out these cool examples below:

Fuelly

fuelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zanami

Zanami

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southpark Studios 404

Southpark Studios 404

 

 

 

 

 

Geeksquad

Geeksquad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orangecoat

orange coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgin Holidays

Virgin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cartoon Network

cartoon network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amorphia Apparel

apparel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mozilla

Mozilla

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