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30 Creative 404 Error Pages

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the creative-technical-difficulty dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "It's frustrating when you explore the web and encounter the famous message: 404 Error – Page Not Found. What could make it a little better is a customized 404 message. Here are some really good ones that should inspire other web designers."

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Database Error (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601752)

Error establishing a database connection

Re:Database Error (2)

josephorc (1552203) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601800)

Guess their error pages can't handle all these 404's

Re:Database Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601802)

yeah, there was only 1 error message, and it isn't very creative. didn't take long to get /.ed.

Re:Database Error (5, Funny)

[Marvin] (46773) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601804)

Error establishing a database connection

Yeah, that's a classic.

Re:Database Error (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602710)

To get the intended effect, you have to read it like Kirk:

Error......Establishing

A........

Database
Connect....
TION!

Re:Database Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601806)

Does this count as 1 of the 30 creative error pages?

Re:Database Error (5, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601854)

Well, that's one of them... where are the other 29?

Re:Database Error (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601904)

lolz - love the irony

Re:Database Error (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602496)

Captain Obvious saves the day once again!

Re:Database Error (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602078)

sadly this is the first time in a while that slashdot made me laugh. btw, would this count as a ddos?

Re:Database Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602454)

You mean, does it count as an act of war/terrorism?

Re:Database Error (4, Interesting)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602106)

Can't say I didn't get what I came for, but I do feel disappointed. Kind of like going to a Rick Astley concert, and you show up, and it's just a low-quality youtube video of "Never Gonna Let You Down" on repeat on a TV.

Re:Database Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602402)

Kind of like going to a Rick Astley concert, and you show up, and it's just a low-quality youtube video of "Never Gonna Let You Down" on repeat on a TV.

That would officially and forever be the greatest rick roll of all time.

Re:Database Error (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602154)

You didn't wait long enough. After about 30 seconds, the "error" page dissolves into a mass of whizzing space ships, burning bridges and spouting great white whales.

Re:Database Error (1)

Skapare (16644) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602196)

I've seen this one already.

Re:Database Error (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602856)

Error establishing a database connection

Subtle isn't it. How very droll.

Re:Database Error (1)

trum4n (982031) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602916)

It's the new Rick Roll.

Slashdotted, lol (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601762)

I take it that the plain old "Error establishing a database connection" is not supposed to be one of these.

Re:Slashdotted, lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601870)

Maybe it's some kind of meta-humor...?

Re:Slashdotted, lol (1)

phy_si_kal (729421) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602224)

After all, the site is named flashuser... so quality is not expected here ;)

Error 500: Internal Server error (0)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601764)

WOW! That is a creative 404 error.

/.'d (0)

DamnRogue (731140) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601766)

I don't know that I consider "Error establishing a database connection" all that creative. Mod down TFA.

Slashdotted before the first comment? (1)

djKing (1970) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601778)

Now that's sad.

Re:Slashdotted before the first comment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602304)

Now that's sad.

Seriously. Who reads TFA before "First Post"?

Re:Slashdotted before the first comment? (1)

djKing (1970) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602414)

Yeah I'm old school, before the trolls.

Oh the irony ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601786)

"Error establishing a database connection"

Well, their error message is as bland and unimaginative as it gets.

Error establishing a database connection (0, Redundant)

xleeko (551231) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601794)

Best ... Meta ... Ever!

31th page: (0)

Psicopatico (1005433) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601796)

Error establishing a database connection

Re:31th page: (1)

Rotten (8785) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601820)

Nah we can't call that a creative error page :P

Re:31th page: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601972)

Nah we can't call that a creative error page :P

I'd say it's a creative 404 error page though.

Sigh... (1)

Tasha26 (1613349) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601798)

Seen one like that before, yours is neither good or funny. ...And I got a 404 whilst trying to access it.

Re:Sigh... (2)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602452)

I heard u like 404 errors, so I put a 404 in ur 404s so u can err whilst u err.

the shittiest kind of blogspam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601822)

why is this on the front page?

Re:the shittiest kind of blogspam (-1, Flamebait)

MichaelKristopeit500 (2018072) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602472)

slashdot = stagnated

Re:the shittiest kind of blogspam (-1, Offtopic)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602942)

Oh hey, I thought you had gotten bored and gone to a different site to insult people. Hi MJK :-)

Re:the shittiest kind of blogspam (1)

MichaelKristopeit501 (2018074) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603174)

who do you reference as MJK? those are not my initials.

why do you cower in my shadow behind a chosen fruit based pseudonym? what are you afraid of?

you're completely pathetic.

Harder to... (4, Informative)

jfclavette (961511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601826)

make a creative 500 page.

Re:Harder to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601918)

This is true. Since your backend server is likely a mess, the best you're going to have is some HTML and javascript. Now, that's not to say you can't do anything with that, but if you're pulling data for AJAX, you just have to remember to pull that in from elsewhere.

Re:Harder to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602114)

Same Origin Policy will be complaining.

Re:Harder to... (1)

MichaelKristopeit501 (2018074) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602608)

not if you use a sub-domain, idiot.

My 404 page (1)

nemasu (1766860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601838)

I custom designed my 404 page as well. Here [hubholic.com] Inspiring no? I call the design "Enlightenment Through Simplicity"

Re:My 404 page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36601966)

I am surprised that more people don't take the time to make a custom 404 - it's very easy to do [mangocats.com] .

Re:My 404 page (1)

nemasu (1766860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602036)

Well, maybe I will later, but it's not really a priority. If people are hitting 404s all the time....something's probably wrong.

Re:My 404 page (2)

Intron (870560) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602656)

My company has a name one character off from another company, so our 404s are frequently people mistyping an address for the other one. So our 404 page has links to both company's main page and a who's who.

Re:My 404 page (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602230)

Time machine!

Github (4, Informative)

softWare3ngineer (2007302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601840)

GitHubs 404 is great. cartoon rendition of a scene from a new hope with the title 'this is not the page you are looking for'

Re:Github (1)

nemasu (1766860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601986)

Does that abomination have cat ears AND tentacles??? Is GitHub Japanese by any chance? GitHubs 404: here [github.com]

Re:Github (2)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602100)

I didn't pay attention to the figure in the image once I realized that the image itself has mouse-sensitive layers that shift around. Wait, what was I looking for again? Oh well. Nevermind. It's been a while since I checked slashdot.org. I better go do that.

Re:Github (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602380)

It's actually 'octocat,' which (IIRC) was inspired by the amazing youtube series.

Re:Github (1)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602488)

Tempting to make a project with that name just to mess up your link.

Re:Github (1)

nemasu (1766860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602864)

Haha, I doubt you would get very many hits from here.

Re:Github (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602040)

Nothing can beat 4chan's 404 pages though.

My internet sense is tingling... (5, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601896)

Why do I get the sneaking sense that taking web-design guidance from a site at "flashuser.net" that managed to get its DB hosed while attempting to serve up a slab of largely static content is probably not the best of ideas?

Re:My internet sense is tingling... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602048)

Pretty much.

I hate creative error pages with a passion because often they look like regular pages with graphics and such which makes it harder for me to realize that something is broken.

Re:My internet sense is tingling... (1)

Intron (870560) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602712)

I've been thinking of making a 404 page that looks like a BSOD.

Re:My internet sense is tingling... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602062)

What does the one thing have to do with the other?

Re:My internet sense is tingling... (2)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602478)

Plain text "Error establishing a database connection" in default H1 style.
That's not a very creative error page they have in there.

Re:My internet sense is tingling... (4, Informative)

Necroman (61604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602068)

Like all content management systems, what could be static content is stored in a database (I'm looking at you Wordpress). Many people running these type of sites don't go through the steps of setting up some type of caching.

Re:My internet sense is tingling... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602366)

CMSes certainly have their virtues(even if you don't use the comments and logins and stuff, you can do rather worse than using a CMS internally as a rapid-publishing mechanism to dump your text, along with handy consistent formatting, style, and site navigation, to a static site structure that can then be hosted); but not caching or being able to degrade gracefully to a static version seems a bit sloppy.

Re:My internet sense is tingling... (4, Insightful)

Necroman (61604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603126)

Oh, I know. I ran a site on Wordpress for a little over a year (fan site for a video game). My top traffic in a day was 20,000 unique visitors and 150k page views. During that peak day I was getting 6-7 hits a second, and without caching I would have been dead in the water.

Having a simple theme that could apply across an entire site is amazingly nice. I really like CMSes and will use them again for future endeavors. But not understanding the tools (wordpress) you use when hosting a site yourself is just asking for trouble.

Best Meta Ever!!! (0)

NervousWreck (1399445) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601932)

'nuff said.

Only one error page! I feel jipped. (0)

Heretic2 (117767) | more than 3 years ago | (#36601952)

There's only one error message listed, and it's not very original!

You got me this time, Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602016)

That was funny.

Perhaps they should "eat their own dogfud" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602024)

"Error establishing a database connection"

Since that site is /.'ed, try this one (3, Informative)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602030)

Plinko labs [plinko.net] . They've been doing this for years.

Re:Since that site is /.'ed, try this one (1)

IshmaelDS (981095) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602202)

FYI They don't clean up their links. I clicked on 4 or 5 and only 1 actually took me to a 404, the rest brought me to a godaddy ad page, and google.

Re:Since that site is /.'ed, try this one (2)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602900)

I can understand someone thinking they didn't need to clean up their 404 links.

Heres mine (1)

BigBadBus (653823) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602046)

Try this [paullee.com]

Re:Heres mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603168)

Your 404 page is beautiful. Now you could start working on the other pages of your web site :-)

Sometimes custom 404 is bad for employment (3, Funny)

Keruo (771880) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602052)

I was helping our HR to sort few applications to an open position in our company once.
Otherwise promising CV had cover letter containing a link to his work examples online.
Too bad, the link was truncated by our HR software and split into two rows, of course the software created link to the first half of the url only.
The applicant was quickly ruled out as a candidate since the 404 page from the incomplete link had goatse on it.
I did check the actual link by fixing it manually but our HR had already shredded the files by then.

Re:Sometimes custom 404 is bad for employment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602174)

.
The applicant was quickly ruled out as a candidate since the 404 page from the incomplete link had goatse on it.

What, HR was pissed that there was an even BIGGER asshole (namely goatse man's) out there?

Re:Sometimes custom 404 is bad for employment (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602804)

There are only two things one needs in order to succeed; Knowing when to start, and when to stop.

... and not mailing goatse to potential employers, apparently.

Here's Mine (1)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602080)

Since the article is down, I figured I'd share my own custom 404 page:

http://capitolimprov.com/uea [capitolimprov.com]

Re:Here's Mine (2)

justsayin (2246634) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602188)

Good one, she always seems to be just out of reach. Damn princesses, that's why I finally lowered my standards and married a mere mortal.

A future idea (1)

BigBadBus (653823) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602184)

An idea for a 404 page was to have a scene from "The Naked Gun", either the bit where Drebin is standing in front of the exploding fireworks factory, saying "Move along, nothing to see here", or the bit earlier on where him and the chief go to the scene of Norberg's shooting, and a cop with a megaphone is saying the same thing to two people at the quayside. Well, if I don't do it, it might give someone an idea to do so... ;)

Re:A future idea (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602972)

I used to do one with the Iraqi Information Officer (Baghdad Bob) proclaiming that no such file exists, and if it did exist, it had never existed in that particular location.

Webcache... (5, Informative)

BadPirate (1572721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602248)

Re:Webcache... (1)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602532)

Where are my mod points when I need them? Thank you.

Re:Webcache... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602928)

404 - Mod points not found

These are great and all, but (1)

The O Rly Factor (1977536) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602324)

Is it really that hard to test and insure that your custom 404 error page is actually throwing a 404 error message, and it isn't just a soft 404 that actually throws a 200 OK message? There are far too many sites with custom 404 pages that don't check this, and it makes script writing needlessly difficult.

Re:These are great and all, but (1)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602644)

Only "really hard" for those people who don't know what their server is doing. It's dead simple to check with a simple script.

Re:These are great and all, but (1)

imidan (559239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602714)

404 pages that don't return code 404 make me crazy. I worked on some software that did periodic harvesting of remote data, and there was one site that was always moving its files around, and they had a custom 404 page that returned 200 OK. So the software was never able to tell that the file it was looking for wasn't actually there, and our database for that site was always screwed up. They would contact us and complain about our links being wrong every now and then, but I could never get them to fix their 404 page. To be honest, I'm not sure I ever got them to understand what the problem was.

The point of the whole project was to automate the process. If we have to go and visually inspect every URL to make sure that the remote web server isn't lying to us about the validity of the link, then it kind of invalidates the whole thing.

30? There is only 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602328)

"Error establishing a database connection" isn't that unusual. Many /. links return that error.

I think the utility of this has passed (3, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602370)

Years ago 404 errors were not that uncommon when people were looking for something based on a poorly written link or whatever else. At that time, it was cute to have a custom 404 error for the misdirected.

However, by my experience with my home web server at least, >>99% of 404 errors are the result of script kiddies trying to find vulnerabilities in my web site (usually looking for phpmyadmin or similar). They won't read the 404 error anyways, so whether it is cute, vulgar, or plain, it doesn't matter because their automatic system that is trolling for vulnerabilities will discard the error message anyways.

Re:I think the utility of this has passed (1)

Nationless (2123580) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602846)

I see 404 pages when trying to vaguely remember addresses. Like trying to quickly go somewhere on battle.net wondering if it's battle.net/store or store.battle.net etc.

Re:I think the utility of this has passed (1)

archen (447353) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603124)

I have a domain which apparently got popular with these "look at these 404 error page" collections, and ironically enough my highest number of 404 errors come from these sites that want to look at my 404 page.

Been tempted to just make a copy of it at /404.html to stop the freaking errors, but I guess I figured that would be me caving to the internet and making pages at their whim. I won't give in...

MirrorDot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602438)

Oh noes... mirrordot is no more!!! I saw the Error 500 and immediately thought of mirrordot.org, but was not routed to the infamous site. What a shame... the solution to the slashdot effect is no more.

-Anonymous

mine - officer barbrady (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602558)

mine has a pic of officer barbrady from southpark saying "ok people, move along. There's nothing to see here!"

Fark (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602664)

Fark.com uses it's favorite squirrel for it's 404 error page [fark.com] .

Warning! Tangential topic: My Funny Error Pages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36602806)

My joke-band's joke-website takes a shot at the total uselessness of the "www" subdomain by throwing an error if you DON'T use WWW:

http://grandtheftmarmot.com/

Dilbert (1)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602876)

Has a good 404 page [dilbert.com] .

Error establishing a database connection (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602884)

Error establishing a database connection

Ok? doesn't seem like a particularly good one. And Its the only one mentioned on the page.

Another Blizzard 404... (1)

Mr. Gus (58458) | more than 3 years ago | (#36602996)

In Silent Hill 2, the main character wanders through a forest into the town of Silent Hill. Once in Silent Hill, if you enter a certain building, you're greeted with the following:

http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/56/258639-sh2_neelybar_hole_super.jpg [giantbomb.com]

If you happen across a 404 on Battle.Net's wow forums, you're greeted with the following:

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/d [battle.net]

Iraq (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603070)

Looks like no one has mentioned the wmd 404 yet?

http://www.subways.net/iraq/404.html

I like icculus.org's 404s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603232)

really

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