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Creating a 404 Error Page on GoDaddy

Published on 11/22/2014
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SevenOaksArtCreating a 404 Error Page on GoDaddy:
Don’t you just Hate It? You click on a link and the page you are looking for cannot be found. Suddenly you are looking at some Generic Screen telling you about a “404 Error”. What if it was your own page that someone was looking for? What do you want them to see?

Why Setup your 404 Error Page?
Remember that people can get 404 errors from links on other pages. Sometimes you just make a mistake. Sometimes the link is simply not properly formatted. Recently, hackers have been creating links all over the web high-jacking many honest websites. The cleanup procedure will cause the links to show as 404 errors. If you had your own 404 error page, you could get them on the right track.

How do I set up a 404 Error Page?
I recommend that you use your basic website as a template for a page that says something like, “Oops, the file you are looking for doesn’t exist. Please forgive the error and see what else we have to offer.” How you do it and what you say are up to you. Once you have created your 404 error page, upload it to your site.

To set up your 404 page for your GoDaddy Account:

Login to your GoDaddy Account.
Under “Web Hosting” Click [Launch].
That should take you to My Account – Home. Select the account you want to manage and Click [Manage].  
Under Settings, Click [404 Error Options]
Under Options:
1) Home Page
2) Custom Page
3) Use GoDaddy’s Default 404 Error page

To use your new custom page, Select the Radio Button for “Use custom page:” and enter the page in the box. Then Click [Continue].

The next page of 404 Error Options will show your Custom Page address. Remember the basic rule: “Always Check Your Links”. Copy the page link and check it with your Browser. If you need to make changes, Click [Edit] to return to the previous form. Otherwise, Click [Submit].

*Note: It may take GoDaddy a few minutes to process this change. Keep checking until you know it is in place.*

Once GoDaddy has processed your change, any bad links on your site should go to your new 404 Error Page. Test it by trying to go to a page that doesn’t exist.

To Recap:
There are many good reasons for having your own 404 page in place. It will make prospective customers feel better about your site. It can help recover from simple misspellings. It can help compensate for improper links on other sites. As good site management, this is an important step. Creating your 404 error page can help keep your customers on the right track. Nove-Noga!
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