Ah, the dreaded 404 Error page. It either means you did something wrong or the website developer did something wrong. Broken links, incorrect URLs, server problems — there are several ways you can end up at a 404 Error page, but what happens when you get there? Some websites put up a boring message about being sorry it happened, while others offer a little something extra. In fact, some of these are so entertaining you’re actually glad when you get the error page instead of the website.
Remember the old text-based video games like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which you were given a situation and had to give instructions on what to do next? When you arrive at the 404 Error page for thcnet, you are presented with just such a game. It isn’t quite as flexible as a real video game, but it’s addictive enough to stay and play awhile before trying to actually find the page you were originally looking for!
Remember in Jurassic Park when computer programmer Dennis Nedry left to sell the dinosaur DNA and left everyone behind to fend for themselves as all the systems went haywire, letting all the dinosaurs loose? Remember how they had to reboot the system, not knowing if it would work or not? The 404 Error screen for Nouveller takes you to a screen like the one displayed on Nedry’s computer, instructing you to reboot the park systems. Of course, you get it wrong and it takes you to the annoying screen Nedry set up to taunt the intruder, “You didn’t say the magic word!”
You’d expect a web design company to have a creative 404 Error page, and Bluegg does not disappoint. When you arrive at their error page, you’re greeted with a screaming goat that sounds oddly human. The message explains, ” Ahhhhhhhhhhh! This page doesn’t exist. Not to worry. You can either head back to our homepage, or sit there and listen to a goat scream like a human.” Truly, you’re sure to listen to the screaming goat for at least a minute or two before heading back to the “functional” section of the website.
4. Hot Dot
Are you a sucker for those silly Google games they put up for holidays and special occasions? If so, you’ll easily get hooked on the simple little game provided by Hot Dot on their 404 Error page. The screen features hundreds of little dots (get it? Hot Dot?) floating around that make up the numbers 404. If you click on the dots, they disperse. Can you click them all away before they return? Probably not, but it’s fun trying!
5. Blue Daniel
BlueDaniel.com, the website for Daniel Karcher Film Design Studios offers a 404 Error page that is almost as good as a tiny little movie. It features a view as if you were standing on the platform of a subway station, moving train included. The billboard advertisements all feature indications that you are lost, complete with real ads and graffiti. Honestly, it’s a work of art.
Don’t put up a boring 404 Error page. Take some tips from these creative masters and make your error page at least as fun as the real thing!