Gives 404 Pages a Useful Social Purpose

| Web Design

notfound404 error pages are a necessary, but unpopular fact of life for most sites.

Every website needs a 404 page, just in case people use broken links to access your site.

But, what if you could make your 404 page useful? What if it could serve a larger purpose than simply redirecting your visitors?

That's the idea behind Not Found will still show your 404 page, but they'll also show the name, picture and important details about missing people.

How does work?

  • Go to
  • Choose your country.
  • Press the button: "Yes, I'll make better use of my 404-page"
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  1. Type in your website URL.
  2. Press the "Next" button
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  • Copy the embed code.
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Integration with your site

In this example we'll show you how to integrate with a Joomla template but the process will be very similar for WordPress or Drupal.

Using an FTP client, like Filezilla browse the files of your Joomla template.

  1. Go to templates/yourtemplate/error.php.
  2. Right click >> View/Edit.
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The file will be opened with a code editor like Notepad, DreamWeaver or Notepad++.

Paste the embed code taken from

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Save the changes of your file (Ctrl + S) and return to your Filezilla window >> Press "Yes" button to upload the file updated

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This is a website using the default Joomla error page:

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This is an example of a 404 page using

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About the author

Valentín creates beautiful designs from amongst the tequila plants of Jalisco, Mexico. You can see Valentín's design work all over this site and you can often find him helping members in support.