404 pages are displayed when a website encounters a path that it cannot find. But I’m sure you already know that. Even though it’s a simple page, designing it well can help you connect better with your visitors. On the other hand, a badly designed 404 page can leave your visitor clueless leading to a bad user experience.
In this project, I plan to explore a variety of design approaches for 404 pages. I’ll keep posting new designs here as and when I come up with a new one. Their code and resource files will be available for free! Stay tuned!
Design 1 – Simple Scenic
Here’s a very simple design. There’s isn’t much here, to be honest, just a simple background image. I’ve included a “glowing” animation around the Sun but that’s it.
At times, it’s better to save the user from an overload of redirecting links and just give them a simple instruction – “Go Home”. There’s no need to tell the user that the “page was not found” or at least not in so many words. Almost all users know that 404 refers to the “Page Not Found” error. Another thing to keep in mind is the load time of the page – the page cannot take forever to load only to tell your user that they’ve landed on an error page.