Here are some of my favourite 404 pages and Error pages. Yep, I need searching, pagination and filtering. It is on the list.
If you're wondering what a 404 page is, it is a "Page not Found" HTTP response. If you want to try and find some 404 pages, try typing "404" or a random word in at the end of a URL.
Send me some cool ones to be featured here, and if you are okay with it I will add credits, so send a Twitter handle if you like! Also please let me know if a previous error page is updated. This is the cool bit about collecting them - I can have a load of previous pages even when the original website is updated. Like a really manual and incomplete version of the Way Back Machine
I have a bit of a backlog to add here in a folder on my desktop called "To Sort", I haven't forgotten them!
Hopefully we're not triggering too many errors and freaking out the site admins...
Binary solo (sing along!)
You have to go there to experience it but the art and the movement make you forget where you actually wanted to go for a while.
I have been there for 3.5 hours now.
@callumbwhyte clued me onto Dan @optimisticcoder's find of a Trello page with a peaceful husky-style dog. The innocent is bliss. I couldn't find the link to replicate this, I just get this boring error instead:
Boo! I want the cute doggy! How much is that doggy in the window??
I've noticed a recent trend for Adblocks to be dealt with in a stern but faintly comical way. For example, my AdBlocker was running when using Channel Four Live (and Flash player, and a load of other stuff that stopped it working).
They politely but guilt-inducingly told me they were "funded entirely by adverts" and that I was running an Ad Blocker, so did I see where they were going with that? Wow. Now I feel a bit bad... but they don't let you watch the program it seems with the Ad Blockers switched on (I'm sure there are ways around this if you can be bothered, but I was just watching Sunday Brunch for about ten minutes).
I wish there was an Ad Blocker for their infinite advertising...
I feel like I should say #spoileralert because the Marvel 404 pages are really quite special.
The one that clued me onto these was discovered by C# developer Iain Miller, who found this Deadpool 404.
When I revisited the site later, I must have missed something because there was a new one! An interactive magnifying glass of Ant-Man
Keep refreshing and more of your Marvel favourites appear - some with funky/creepy effects!
Gumtree is a goto for anyone looking for a bargain, or to get rid of all their stuff for barely a tenth of it's worth during a wild and possibly ill-advised decision to move somewhere for a fresh start.
Somehow I came across their 404 page, and this rather smart and smug cat proudly informed me that I was in the wrong place.
I don't mind, he can tell me anything, he's awesome.
Do you remember what you were doing the day StackOverflow went down? I was researching something and came across an old, old page, barely useful but yet somehow still relevant to what I was doing.
At that very moment the site showed me 00010101s and was "offline for maintenance"! Was it my fault? Had I accessed something so deep in the ether of the internet that I'd brought down the developer's goto?
No - turns out someone just screwed up a deployment. Oops.
The site came back painfully...
And soon we were back with our Google of choice for dev questions. *happysigh*
Turns out Stack Exchange has a fairly cute 404 page too
Chief Wit Chris Stevenson sent me this witty 404 page from the Lib Dems website. Nothing like a well-timed error page while things get politically random!
Also, they have this 404 page when you go to http://www.libdems.org.uk/404
Somehow I don't think this would make Google News:
Chapter is one of my favourite places in Cardiff. It regularly shows films, drama and has an awesome bar too. I like this film-style error page and the friendly guidance with the additional option:
This "is an experimental piece of art and you're in the right place"
I love all things map related, and I liked this nod towards finding your way around on eHive's 404 page.
I'm a sucker for a sad robot and while I was running an error check on all my bookmarks I found Last.fm's error page. You just want to cheer it up!
Garpur Dagsson from Reykjavík, Iceland sent me this error page for Vis, an Insurance Company. It translates to "Anything can happen", which I think is a nice combination of the company and the error page failing. Plus the cat on it is cute but I know that feeling oh-too-well when my cat has knocked my water over, on purpose, to wake me up!
I feel like someone got a little, um, creative with it... like someone asked them "Can you design me how a 404 makes the user feel?"
This 404 page by Xero at http://my.workflowmax.com is genius. It is CCTV of the poor dev having to do the maintenance, and you can either feed him coffee... or zap him so he'll hurry up!
I only zapped him once....
My dad David Garland found this Post Office 404 page today. It's informative and the guidance links at the bottom help the user decide where they should go instead.
Although I do wonder if they might benefit from using this image from Longleat Postman Pat Village too.
(That has actually reminded me of a childhood memory, when my gran knitted me a Postman Pat doll as a present. She took ages on it, it was perfect. She presented it to me and instead of being delighted, I cried. It's head was so long and floppy that somehow it made me really sad for Postman Pat.)
Someone looking on a physical Sitemap is a cute idea, and Axure Share carry on the sketchy theme with their main website too:
There's nothing like a 404 page with a pixelated philosophical cat, and a philosophical question about the nature of a 404 page, and Groupon's page just fits the bill.
This was a pleasant surprise! A subtle little non-demanding error page, with a discrete Portal reference to boot!
And if you refresh you get other messages such as:
The page you seek now
Is in a parallel land
Likely a worm hole
I used to love TuneWiki for streaming lyrics during Spotify sessions, but it turns out it has gone. Oh. There seems to be another similar app now though...
Spotify serve up an appropriate image and guiding content to the user (me) to know that they can no longer read the lyrics to Beyonce's "Partition" (note - turns out they're EXPLICIT)...
I found this error while browsing around on the Twitter Widget API settings. Not the Fail Whale of old but a cute confused robot.
Black Friday and people went crazy, fighting each other in Tesco for a coffee machine in Cardiff. People went crazy online too, stamping over each other metaphorically trying to get their time on the Currys website. Lots of sites KO'd from the demand, and I heard of Debenhams, Argos and more crumbling under the sheer volume of bargain seekers trying to buy more stuff.
Survey site and civilian compass YouGov's 404 is sort of contemplative man forming an opinion on the political situation of the day. Or just the price of cheese. Either way I just cashed in £50 for answering surveys. #boom
Somehow I'd never noticed this Dropbox 404 before. Now I love cubes, I love puzzles, and this sketch has all the Escher obscurity that a 404 page needs.
I came across an issue on Stack Overflow, which I was looking to help with as I'd recently solved a a very similar problem. I had to get the Instagram feed to scroll across the Zervas and Pepper website along the bottom.
The Stack Overflow user wanted their Instagram to scroll across their Integrant Sights and Sounds site using SimplyScroll.js.
Turns out my solution worked, I got a comment on Stack Overflow and they deleted the demo site. I never did get an up-vote on Stack Overflow though!
Google know you've gotta love a broken robot!
The CSS Tricks page title reads "You've ripped a hole in the fabric of the internet. Love, CSS-tricks."
As mentioned on the Mailchimp error page, I saw these Bluegg guys at the awesome Port 80 web conference in Newport. They were great, and so was their 404 page (Tom even did a yoda impression after audience pressure!)
Bluegg have since updated their 404 page to a screaming goat, in full colour motion picture!
Think Geek shows that text can be just as effective as a cute image - I just like the word "Erroids"
3sixty's page not found is no longer linkable (http://www.3sixty.co.uk/page-not-found.aspx). Wilted daisy, queue comedy failed trumpet noise
I've always admired Mailchimp for their excellent content writing. I watched a great talk by Tom and Rob from @bluegg at the brilliant Port 80 2012 event, about Personality on the Web, where they discussed the importance of tone. I think that talk is what got me even more into collecting funny 404s.
Thing is with 404s is that they get removed and updated, which is why I like collecting them even more. Currently Mailchimp have a cold chimp on an animated background. All very swish as my gran would say.
However, for their previous 404, Mailchimp knew that a long string of sausages is always funny!
From Star Wars references to Star Trek, chi.mp (no longer linkable) had a nice Star Trek reference. Classic.
Github has a cute Star Wars reference, now animated slightly in HTML5
One of mine for the Zervas and Pepper site I did. The band seemed to like it, it just needs a funny image. Let me know if you have an open source cool image of something which has lost it's mojo and would match with the style of the site. Like a sad guitar or something.
The image shown is the new design, the previous design was from the old album:
Another nice BBC 404. Be warned that a guy shouts out the word you're hovering over...
A hidden gem on the BBC website. The 404 is the classic BBC Test Card Clown! I've just realised that's also an awesome name for a band... "Test Card Clown"
Add your own 404 guess or someone will hijack my link to something dodgy again!
My mum, Valerie Garland, found this one for me on the World of Warcraft Battlenet site. I like the nod to the game in the error text.
With the new expansions they tend to update the page, the previous one was like this:
I came across this site when adding some links for Zervas and Pepper, who I did an Umbraco site for, when they played the NH7 weekender in Delhi in November 2013. This is a pleasingly verbose and colourful 404 page.
Lovefilm's clever 404 pages were not only a nod to film, but also alternate when you refresh. Would be nice to see a HAL reference in there too... "I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that." Unearthed by my boyfriend Jamie Pett.
Now replaced by Amazon Prime but the error page lives on!
What can be sadder than a depressed web server? ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) has an interesting 404 page, a conversation with the server that couldn't serve your page. It has a GLaDOS-like feel about it and has you wanting to speak to it, like ELIZA or ALICE chatbots.
Sitecore dude @twentygototen sent me this Spam 404 page. At first I thought he'd been hacked and was actually sending me Spam. Then I realised it was a wonderfully animated space-trip of a Sitecore 404 page.
Their previous error page depicted exactly what happens every time a 404 error is logged on any web server, anywhere in the world and it had a musical Easter Egg too. Google Translate told me it said "Our developers are looking aggressively to find your page. Meanwhile, as you can well console yourselves with some fine music."
Kendo UI's 404 page used to kick some ass in a philosophical way. Don't mess with the Way of the Sword! Thanks to Jim Elfving.
* Looks like this one falls under the Telerik error page now!
Bitbucket goes for the classic skull and crossbones 404 page. A skull says so much with one simple icon... turn back. I first tried to go to /404 but it turns out that's an actual repo... cheers to umbDev @mozzy16
Johan Magnusson sent me this 404 for Vasa Museet, the museum of the famous Swedish ship called Vasa, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. I like the way it links to the history of the museum, one of our most historical 404 pages to date!
Schoolfriend James Rubenis got in touch with this ripped Halo Wheels 404 page. I like their company catch-phrase too - "We didn't invent the wheel, we just made it better".
Jamie Pett sent me this cute cow made out of characters 404 page for Craigslist. The udders made out of "w" is a nice touch.
I found this very cute 404 while browsing for properties on Property Pal. If anything is going to make you forgive a 404 it's a picture of a cute owl, esepcially if it is in a hat.
Reminded me of the Mighty Boosh Naboo's anger management photo of kittens in a barrel.
Business analyst and interesting dude @ChrisStevenson1 found this cute Disney 404 page. The colour of the little creature called Lilo or Stitch I think (have no kids, had to Google it) matches nicely with the background.
I never did go to Disney World Florida, I wonder if it would be magical as an adult? I did go to the Parisian one for a school Business Studies trip, but most of the rides were closed at the time...
I am a cat lover - so I'm quite easily impressed by 404 pages with cats on. Especially cats that remind me of my cat Suki - not in terms of looks (she is Calico with one eye) but in terms of acting like a dog. The O2 404 page matches up nicely with their series of adverts involving said O2 cat.
This Lego 404 is almost TOO perfect.... I love the little characters around going "oh no!" as the guy pulls the plug.
When I tried to get some 404 action and GitHub was too slow to serve up my page, an angry unicorn appeared.
This animated error happened on vimeo.com when I kept clicking at random places on the video in Flash mode. It's actually quite beautiful as the TV flickers and the clouds move across the sky.
The gaming site IGN has a 404 that is simple, non-flashy and nostalgic with a guide telling you to search. Only spoiled a bit by the adverts all around it and no navigation.
I found this error page on Telerik, which I think is supposed to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle? It's the simplicity and expression on the (turtle's?) face that I like best.