A 404 page is important to add into your theme in case a user stumbles upon a page that doesn’t exist or hasn’t been created yet. It is also important that your 404 page gives your visitors a way to arrive at the right place.
These next few steps will help you build a useful 404 page for your WordPress theme.
Creating the 404.php file #Creating the 404.php file
404.php file is used on a page not found error, the first step is to create a file named
404.php and add it to your WordPress theme folder.
Tip: Often times a great starting point for your
404.php is your
Add a file header #Add a file header
To use your theme’s
header.php file, open your
404.php file. At the top, add a comment describing what the file is and make sure you include your theme’s header.
/** * The template for displaying 404 pages (Not Found) */ get_header();
Adding the body to your 404 Page #Adding the body to your 404 Page
To make the 404 page functional you have to add the body content to your template:
<div id="primary" class="content-area"> <div id="content" class="site-content" role="main"> <header class="page-header"> <h1 class="page-title"><?php _e( 'Not Found', 'twentythirteen' ); ?></h1> </header> <div class="page-wrapper"> <div class="page-content"> <h2><?php _e( 'This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it?', 'twentythirteen' ); ?></h2> <p><?php _e( 'It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try a search?', 'twentythirteen' ); ?></p> <?php get_search_form(); ?> </div><!-- .page-content --> </div><!-- .page-wrapper --> </div><!-- #content --> </div><!-- #primary -->
This example is from the Twenty Thirteen theme that comes with WordPress. This adds some text and a search form in the 404 page.
Note: You can to add your own text to make your 404 page look better.
Adding the footer and sidebar. #Adding the footer and sidebar.
The final step when creating a 404 page is to add the footer. You may also add a sidebar if you want.
Now you have a functional 404 page with a search form and some text in case a user stumbles upon the wrong page. Once you make sure the
404.php has been uploaded, you can test your 404 page. Just type a URL address for your website that doesn’t exist. You can try something like
http://example.com/fred.php. This is sure to result in a 404 error unless you actually have a PHP file called