Larger the site and more the number of internal links increases the possibility of internal broken links and leads to 404 page not found error when a user tries to visit that broken link. You can easily check and correct broken links in your site but the problem is with the following cases:
- When you changed your page URL for any reason, the search engines will still show your old cached URLs for long time in the search results and the user clicks on that link will see a 404 page not found error since you already changed the URL of that page.
- Bookmarked and Social Shared URLs can not be changed.
- When a user wrongly types the URL in the browser’s address bar.
In those situations Weebly offers a standard 404 page which just shows the page not found error and provides a link to the home page of your site.
If you are looking to provide more details to the user rather than just a home page, here is the step by step tutorial on how to create custom 404 Weebly page for your site instead of using Weebly’s standard 404 page.
Step1 – Create a Page Named “404”
Login to your Weebly account and edit the site for which you want to add a custom 404 page. Under “Pages” tab create a new page with the name “404” as shown in the picture below:
Step2 – Add Content to Your 404 Page
Add details whatever you want to provide to the users in your 404 page just like dragging and dropping the elements as in the case of normal page. Learn more about creating your free Weebly Site, Blog and Forum.
Step3 – Hide your 404 Page from Search Engine
Under “Settings” tab select the check box “Hide this page from search engines”, if you are not interested in the search engines indexing your 404 page also.
Step4 – Hide Your 404 Page from Your Site Navigation Menu
It will not look professional if the users can see the 404 page in your site navigation menu. So under the “Pages” menu select the check box “Hide page in navigation menu” to hide your 404 page.
Step5 – The Final Testing
You custom 404 page is ready for your Weebly site and will be displayed automatically if the user searches for an invalid URL. You can also test by entering an invalid URL, for example – “yoursitename.com/test404page.html”, in the address bar to see and adjust your custom 404 page.
The biggest advantage of this custom 404 page is, unlike Weebly’s standard 404 page this one will show your complete page including header and footer along with the content you entered. This makes an opportunity to retain the user who can select any topics of his interest from the navigation, header and footer area of your 404 page.