Image of a 404 errorWe’ve all typed in the address of a website or web page more times than we care to remember. Often, when we try to find what we are looking for, we don’t. We must have all seen a page with the words ‘Page not found – 404 Error’ much like the one shown here. So what’s this all about?

Quite simply, a 404 error means that the page you were trying to reach could not be found on the server, either because you typed the website address in wrong, the page has been removed from the website or the page or resource has been moved, but without redirecting the old URL to the new one. When that happens, you’ll receive a 404 error instead of being automatically routed to the new page. We all get frustrated when we cannot find what we are looking for and many companies have made great efforts to ensure the 404 error can be met with that little bit of humour. Have a look at these examples –