View Full Version : Custom 404?
06-30-2000, 04:00 AM
I'd like to make my own 404 page...my domain just became active, and I see the 404 page on the server.[nbsp][nbsp]Can I simply create my own and replace the ready-made one?
You sure can.[nbsp][nbsp]As long as there is a file titled 404.html within your /www/ directory that's the file the server will show :)
[nbsp]- I found the not found file!
06-30-2000, 04:31 AM
Thanks, Deb! :)
(Still waiting for Prodigy to see my site on FQ instead of the old host...but I can see it on Excite's Free ISP. LOL!)
06-30-2000, 11:10 AM
Since this thread appears to be concluded, it's probably safe to hijack now.[nbsp][nbsp];)
Has anyone figured out what makes IE5 tick in terms of 404 pages?[nbsp][nbsp]I cannot find any consistency on my own sites in terms of when my 404 page comes up and when IE5 displays it's generic white anti-sleuthing page.[nbsp][nbsp]I read something about it depending on the size of your 404 page (i.e. if it's too small, IE5 will use its own), but that doesn't seem to have any effect.[nbsp][nbsp]Any ideas?
06-30-2000, 11:24 AM
Here is a really cool site I found this past week, called the "404 Research Lab": http://www.plinko.net/404/
They have an article on that site about forcing IE5 to display your custom 404 page:
Basically, they say to have a 404.html file that is at least 512 bytes.
Here is another blurb from the same site:
You may be missing out on the wonder of 404! IE has its own error messages built in. That[nbsp][nbsp]sucks! You can disable them by going into the options screen, to Advanced Options, and[nbsp][nbsp]uncheck 'Show friendly HTTP error messages'.
06-30-2000, 01:02 PM
I've read the 512 byte thing (is it possible to have a file smaller than that?), but I have 404 files in the range of 15k (maybe double that including graphics) that don't show up in IE5 half the time.[nbsp][nbsp]I think there's something else going on.
I'm seeing http://run-down.com/foo without problems - I tested various 404's 50 times to see if I could 'break it' without success...
06-30-2000, 02:58 PM
Thanks for checking that, Jeff.[nbsp][nbsp]However, I get the default IE5 404 on that exact page.[nbsp][nbsp]At the moment, I can't come up with a page that will give me the custom 404.[nbsp][nbsp]It seems intermittent.
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