404 pages – Welcome Smashing Magaziners!

Smashing Magazine Logo

Right up-top there in the usability stakes is the fact that you should always give your visitors what they want.  That’s tough, especially when the page they end up with is “Error 404″.  I’m not going to go off on a rant about what you can do, but what I do is thanks to a few neat WordPress Plugins.Basically, the 404′s you’ll see on Psyked contain a few elements – A search box, related links, top categories and top posts.

Search box, that’s easy, it’s inbuilt into most themes.  Top categories and posts are thanks to the plugins “Most popular categories by posts“and “WP-PostViews“.  Related links is an impressive plugin, “Related Posts” – there’s a version specifically for 404 pages.

Have a look at the result…


  • http://blog.circlecube.com Evan Mullins

    Right on! I Like these ideas so much I can’t wait to incorporate them.

    Funny how you link to your 404 page… you don’t do that everyday!

    Here’s my 404

    FYI, I don’t think it’s working correctly, as the list of popular posts it just says “Fuzzy …”?

  • http://www.psyked.co.uk James

    Indeed, the “Fuzzy…” is just a part of the 404 Related posts plugin. It simply reads the url of your intended destination – but ’404′ doesn’t return any results.

    If you’re coming from a broken permalink however, there’s a good chance that the Related Posts plugin will return the new permalink of that page as the first result.

    For example, a link to http://www.psyked.co.uk/css/auto-matic-link-icons.htm works quite well!