Have you ever found yourself on a webpage that no longer exists? This is called a 404 page, or an error page. Every website has one, but did you know that you can customize the look and content of your 404 page in Showit?
Below you’ll learn the steps to easily create a custom 404 page in Showit. I’ll also give you tips on what content to put on your error page to help keep people from leaving your site.
In Showit, navigate to the section in the left column called “Blog Templates”. Click the “+” symbol and add a “Blank Blog Template”. Alternatively, you can select “Select New Blog Template” if you want to reuse an existing page and modify it to become your 404 template.
Be sure to name your new page exactly 404. If you don’t use the exact name, it won’t work.
2. Set the Page as a WordPress 404 Template
In the right column, navigate to the “Template Info” box and click the “WordPress Template” dropdown. Select “404” from the dropdown.
You’ve now just created your custom error page! Let’s keep going and add some content.
3. Add A Message To The Error Page
Now, you can keep this as simple as you’d like, or you can jazz up the page with some buttons and images. At the very least, you’ll want to include your logo, an image and some text saying that this is an error page.
It’s always helpful to add a link that brings the user back to your homepage.
Consider adding some contact information to allow someone to reach out to see if they need more help.
Remember to keep your page as simple and straightforward as possible. You want it to be clear the link they are trying to reach doesn’t work. Rather than confusing them with too much information, leading them to leave your site, you want to make a clear and direct call to action to get them to a page that does work!
When you’re finished with your design, hit publish to see your update! To easily see your 404 page in action, enter your url and then some random characters after – ex. sugarstudiosdesign.com/HeresMyErrorPage
Here are some examples of designs you can use for inspiration:
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Showit has so many amazing capabilities, including customizing your error page. It’s an often overlooked page, but you may be surprised at how many people actually see your 404 page.
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