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Should I be worried that I don't have a 404 page? (24 posts)

  1. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Normally when I enter an incorrect url, my site goes to the page with a 404 message on it. Recently I tried replacing the info in 404.php with a picture but nothing happened. So I put back the same exact info I replaced but the 404 message doesn't show up. You can enter any crazy url but it just stays on the main page. The thing is, nothing is wrong with anything else on the site, I just want to know if the 404 message is needed.

    My site (unfinished) ---> http://animationnexus.com/

  2. Jonathan Dingman
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    it's not required, but it's generally a good idea to have -- even for SEO purposes.

  3. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oh, well I have a really good picture I want to use. I just can't figure out what when wrong. Is there a way to edit what people see when a 404 error pops up?

  4. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Bump.

  5. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Bump.

    Before anyone asks, yes I checked the codex but it tells you what you already know. In my case, I just want my message to appear.

  6. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Bump.

  7. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Is the 404.php file in your theme folder?

  8. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yes.

  9. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Sorry, I have to doubt that. WP displays the index ONLY when there is no 404.php file in the theme folder.
    http://animationnexus.com/bullshit

  10. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    *Knocks on moshu's head*

    Hello, anyone in there?

    You asked me if I have 404.php in my theme folder and there is, I'm not blind and I know how to spell.

  11. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Bump.

    Is there a way I could download a new 404.php?

  12. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Bump.

  13. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Bump.

  14. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Bump.

  15. arickrol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just make a new page and save it as 404.html or php or shtml or whatever you want. FTP to your space and you're done. I did that to create my custom 404 page at http://wargamingforums.com/thisdontexist

  16. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    html - Doesn't work

    php - Doesn't work

    shtml - Doesn't work

  17. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    then OBVIOUSLY you have another issue going on ..

    And since you can bring up the standalone 404.php that WAS in place 3-4 days ago (I did it) in a browser, why not do some troubleshooting on your own instead of continuing to a bump a thread over and over and over and over again.

    1. Change your theme, for instance.

    2. L@@K in your .htaccess for anything that might be redirecting.

    3. L@@K at your plugins selection.

  18. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    1. Change your theme, for instance.

    That doesn't work, I can change the theme until the cows come home.

    2. L@@K in your .htaccess for anything that might be redirecting.

    You can't look inside your .htaccess but thanks for making me waste my time.

    3. L@@K at your plugins selection.

    *Gasp* The same two plugins I started out with, that's totally relevant towards my situation.

  19. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Can you elaborate on item 2, please? I can look in my own .htaccess, why can't you look in yours? Is there an error or issue that could be shared?

  20. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I go into my FTP and then click on public_html. That's where I see .htaccess and when I click on it, nothing happens. It's not even a file so I can't open it.

  21. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It is a file :-)

    Try downloading it and opening it with the text editor of your choice.

  22. Megagents
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    O... K... I opened it and I didn't see anything helpful. I'm whooami's advice and just try to figure it out on my own but I may be back.

  23. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I wonder if someone here might've noticed something helpful?

    Good luck in your endeavours -- let us know what you learn if you'd be so kind.

  24. sabinou
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    There's a plugin to manage that kind of things, including other queerer error messages. Honestly I don't know its name, but if you search "plugin 404 321 501" and such (yeah, error 404. error 321, error 501, whatever the two last may be I saw them written) I hope you can find.

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