Enhance 404 Pages With Google Widget

Page Not Found 404 Error” is occurred when

  • Visitors try to reach a non-existent page on your site
  • Visitors have clicked on a broken link
  • The page has been deleted
  • Visitors have mistyped a URL

A 404 page is called that because in response to a request for a missing page, webservers send back a HTTP status code of 404 to indicate that a page is not found.

If you have not customize the error page, Google Webmaster has released an “Enhance 404 pages” widget for you to create a custom 404 page with helpful suggestions instead of error messages.

What It Does

“Enhance 404 pages” widget¬† adds a search box for your site with appropriate search suggestions and provides alternatives to incorrect URLs.

For an example. If a visitor misspell the URL http://www.example.com/news/recentt, “Enhance 404 pages” widget will display the following:

enhance 404 pages widget

How To Implement It

  1. Go to Google Webmaster Central
  2. Select a site from the dashboard if you’re moderating multiple sites.
  3. Clicking on Tools > Enhance 404 pages
  4. Copy the JavaScript at the bottom of page, then paste it in 404.php

If you’re having a blog, I urge you to to custom your 404 pages with “Enhance 404 pages” widget for better user experience purpose.

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