Please note that our Legacy Themes have been replaced by new Thrive Theme Builder Themes. While our Legacy Themes are still functional, we are no longer actively developing them. Feel free to check out this article, to find out how to handle 404 pages in Thrive Theme Builder.
In Thrive Themes, you are provided with two tools to create a more effective 404 page. Click here to see a video tutorial and several suggestions for how to customize the page.
Default 404 Content
By default, every Thrive Theme comes with a 404 page template. This template is already optimized to make sure visitors who get lost are informed about what happened and given instructions about what to do next.
In most cases, the 404 page consists of a message telling your visitor that the page could not be found, a link back to the homepage and a large search bar.
Even if you don't change anything, you theme will already have a good 404 page.
Go to your theme options and click on this tab:
In this section of the options, you'll see a content field. Any content you add here will be added to your 404 page, after the default content.
This means that you don't have to compose an error message yourself, since the default error message will still be displayed.
You can add any kind of content to this area, including links, shortcodes, embedded media, and so on.
The second option available is to activate a sitemap:
Choose the "on" option and a sitemap in 3 columns will display at the bottom of the 404 page. The columns show:
- All of your categories.
- All of your date archives (monthly archives).
- Every page on your site.
The sitemap can provide a further way for your visitors to find the content they were originally looking for.
Previewing your 404 Page: To see what your 404 page looks like, simply type in a path on your site that doesn't exist. For example, enter http://yoursitenamehere.com/123 in the browser bar. Since your site probably doesn't have a page named "123", you'll see the 404 page instead.