With 100,000+ active installations the 404page plugin is the most used plugin to create a customized 404 error page in WordPress.
Bringing visitors to your website takes time and effort. Every visitor is important. The default 404 error page of most themes do not provide any information on what to find on your site. A first tme visitor, who does not know you, is left in a dead end and leaves your website. Set up a helpful custom 404 error page to keep him on your site.
This handy plugin allows you to easily create your own 404 error page without any effort and it works with almost every theme.
Create your custom 404 error page just like any other page using the WordPress Page Editor. Then go to ‘Appearance’ -> ‘404 Error Page’ and select the created page as your custom 404 error page. That’s it!
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Why use this plugin?
Different from other similar plugins the 404page plugin does not create redirects. That’s quite important because a correct code 404 is delivered which tells search engines that the page does not exist and has to be removed from the index.
Different from other similar plugins the 404page plugin does not create additional server requests.
The only requirement for this plugin is that you change the Permalink Structure in ‘Settings’ -> ‘Permalinks’ to anything else but ‘Plain’. This also activates the WordPress 404 error handling.
Docs & Support
A brief Introduction to the free WordPress Plugin 404page
A quick Overview over the Advanced Settings
“Force 404 error after loading page” explained
“Disable URL Autocorrecton Guessing” explained
“Send HTTP Status Code 410 for trashed objects” explained
“Compatibility Mode” explained
The 404page plugin was sucessfully tested by the author with the following themes
- Customizr (Read more about Customizr Compatibility Mode)
- Twenty Ten
- Twenty Eleven
- Twenty Twelve
- Twenty Thirteen
- Twenty Fourteen
- Twenty Fifteen
- Twenty Sixteen
- Twenty Seventeen
- Twenty Nineteen
- Twenty Twenty
- Zerif Lite
The 404page plugin was sucessfully tested by the author with the following starter themes
The 404page plugin was sucessfully tested by the author with the following plugins
- DW Question & Answer
- Page Builder by SiteOrigin
- User Submitted Posts
- WP Super Cache (Read more about WP Super Cache Compatibility)
- WPML WordPress Multilingual Plugin (officially approved by WPML team)
The plugin adds an action hook 404page_after_404 which you can use to add extra functionality. The exact position the action occurs after an 404 error is detected depends on the Operating Method. Your function must not generate any output. There are no parameters.
If the 404page plugin is installed and activated it defines the PHP constant PP_404. Check existence of it to detect the 404page plugin.
The Plugin provides the following functions:
- pp_404_is_active() to check if there is a custom 404 page selected and the selected page exists
- pp_404_get_page_id() to get the ID of the 404 page
- pp_404_get_all_page_ids() to get an array of page IDs in all languages
If you are a theme developer you can add native support for the 404page plugin to your theme for full control. Read more.
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