When a caller encounters an error on your website, similar as a 404 Not set up or 500 Internal Server Error, it can be frustrating and unskillful if they’re presented with a general error runner. Creating a custom error runner not only enhances the user experience but also helps retain callers and guide them back to your point’s content. In this composition, we will guide you through the process of setting up a custom error runner for your website.
Step 1: Create Your Custom Error Page
The first step is to create the custom error page itself. You can use HTML, CSS, and any additional web technologies to design a page that fits your website’s style and provides helpful information to users encountering errors. Consider including the following elements:
- A friendly and informative error message.
- A search bar or navigation links to help users find what they were looking for.
- A link to your homepage or a prominent section of your website.
- Contact information or a link to your support page for assistance.
Save this custom error page as an HTML file, such as “404.html” for a 404 error or “500.html” for a 500 error.
Step 2: Upload the Custom Error Page
Next, you need to upload the custom error page to your web hosting server. You can do this using an FTP client or your hosting control panel. Here’s a general outline of the process:
- Connect to your hosting server using your preferred method (FTP or control panel).
- Navigate to the root directory of your website, where your main website files are stored. This directory is often named “public_html” or “www.”
- Create a folder named “errors” or a similar name to store your custom error pages. Upload the HTML error pages you created in Step 1 to this folder.
Step 3: Modify Your .htaccess File
To tell your web server to use your custom error pages when specific errors occur, you need to modify your website’s .htaccess file. Here’s how:
- Access your website’s .htaccess file. You can usually find it in the root directory of your website using your FTP client or control panel’s file manager.
- Open the .htaccess file in a text editor.
- Add the following lines of code to the .htaccess file, replacing “404.html” with the name of your custom error page for the 404 error, and “500.html” with the name of your custom error page for the 500 error:
ErrorDocument 404 /errors/404.html
ErrorDocument 500 /errors/500.html
4. Save the .htaccess file and upload it back to your server, replacing the existing one if necessary.
Step 4: Test Your Custom Error Pages
To ensure your custom error pages work as expected, you should test them. Open a web browser and deliberately navigate to a non-existent page on your website to trigger a 404 error. You should see your custom 404 error page with the user-friendly message and navigation options you created. Repeat this process for other custom error pages you’ve set up.
Setting up custom error pages is a simple yet effective way to improve the user experience on your website and keep visitors engaged even when they encounter errors. By following these steps, you can create and implement custom error pages that align with your website’s design and provide helpful guidance to users experiencing issues.