The 20 Best 404 Error Pages Ever

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Bluegg's Screaming Goat 404 Error Page

Bluegg's Screaming Goat 404 Error Page
Bluegg's Screaming Goat 404 Error Page.

Website developers have the option of creating their own 404 Not Found error pages for their sites, something many have done, but fewer have done well.

Of the 20 best 404 pages you'll see today, the very best one I've come across was put together by the folks at Bluegg, a web design and branding consultancy based in Cardiff, Wales in the UK.

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I can just imagine the shock as an unsuspecting web surfer lands there on accident, not knowing what to expect. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

If you enjoyed that, be sure to check out the search results for goats yelling like humans on YouTube. Yes, this is a thing.

If you're a Jurassic Park fan, you'll love the next one...

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Nouveller's Jurassic Park 404 Error Page

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Nouveller's Jurassic Park 404 Error Page.

Remember that scene from Jurassic Park when Dennis Nedry, played by Wayne Knight, ran off with the vial of frozen dinosaur embryos, and left his hacked computer behind to wreck all sorts of havoc?

Thanks to Nouveller's interactive and extremely creative 404 error page, you're about to experience the same level of frustration that Ray Arnold, played by Samuel L. Jackson, did in the movie.

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Can you get in? You're welcome to try access security, access security grid, or access main security grid, but none of those do it. Ah, ah, ah... you didn't say the magic word!

Nouveller is a web design company run by Benjamin Reid, based in Bristol, UK.

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Psyklone's Fake File Transfer 404 Error Page

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Psyklone's Fake File Transfer 404 Error Page.

Psyklone's home page says it's under construction, meaning that their creative 404 status page is more together than the site itself!

Right away it looks like you've accidentally stumbled in to some 1980s era computer and you're about to pay for it with a log of your activity and the automatic removal of some of the most important types of files on your computer!

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Just remember that's it's not real! (Right?)

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NPR's Lost Stories 404 Error Page

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NPR's Lost Stories 404 Error Page.

NPR's 404: Page Not Found landing has to be one of the more creative, offering real stories about "lost people, places and things that still haven't turned up."

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So, while you may not have landed on the story you were after, you can at least share your feelings of being lost by reading about Amelia Earhart, the lost city of Atlantis, and even Waldo.

Ira Glass really should do a This American Life show about lost things. Oh wait, he did.

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Dailymotion Cloud's Rainy 404 Error Page

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Dailymotion Cloud's Rainy 404 Error Page.

Dailymotion Cloud's 404 not found page isn't interactive, but it'll certainly get your attention.

Well-done animated clouds and rain, in front of a 404 "sign" should get the message across that the page you tried to reach doesn't exist.

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Dailymotion Cloud offers video streaming services to businesses.

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Audiko's Artistic 404 Error Page

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Audiko's Artistic 404 Error Page.

Audiko, a site that lets you download free ringtones, has one of the more artsy 404 error pages I've seen.

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There are dozens of different 404 and lost themes in their imagery. Every time I look at it, I see a few things I missed last time.

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CSS-Tricks' Hole-in-the-Internet 404 Error Page

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CSS-Tricks' Hole-in-the-Internet 404 Error Page.

The 404 error page used by CSS-Tricks has to be one of the more clever ones that I've seen. Just be careful, or you'll rip a hole right through the fabric of the Internet!

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Not only is their 404: Not Found landing page visually attractive (it looks like a real tear, doesn't it?) but it's also perfectly in line with the site's focus.

In case it's not clear already, CSS-Tricks is a website that aims to teach CSS web design skills.

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LEGO's Unplugged 404 Error Page

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LEGO's Unplugged 404 Error Page.

The LEGO website, as you would probably expect, cleverly employs LEGO characters in their 404 error landing page.

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I'm not sure if the LEGO guy broke the path between you and the page you were after on purpose, or if he's just in shock after finding it that way!

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GOG.com's Universal 404 Error Page

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GOG.com's Universal 404 Error Page.

GOG.com's 404 Not Found page is happy to illustrate the metaphorical emptiness that now exists in place of the page you were hoping to find.

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I guess now we know what happens when you tear a hole in the Internet.

GOG.com is a game and movie distribution platform.

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GitHub's Star Wars 404 Error Page

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GitHub's Star Wars 404 Error Page.

GitHub's 404 error is an obvious hat tip to Star Wars. It's interactive too - move your mouse around for a fun effect.

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That looks like a Jawa, on Tatooine, right?

GitHub is a software development website.

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Orangecoat's Flowchart 404 Error Page

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Orangecoat's Flowchart 404 Error Page.

OrangeCoat's 404 error page easily tops the list of the most helpful, that's for sure.

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Just answer the simple yes/no questions in the flowchart and you're bound to leave happy from this typically unhappy error page.

OrangeCoat is a web design company located in Greenville, SC.

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Blizzard Entertainment's Broken 404 Error Page

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Blizzard Entertainment's Broken 404 Error Page.

The 404 error you get at Blizzard Entertainment is very well done, with a menu that's hanging on for dear life and even "broken glass."

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My favorite part? The barely attached menu actually works!

Blizzard Entertainment is a video game development and publishing company based in Irvine, CA.

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Limpfish's Personal Ad 404 Error Page

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Limpfish's Personal Ad 404 Error Page.

Limpfish.com's 404 error page is a creative take on the classic personal ad. Desperately seeking HTML is right!

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Limpfish.com is the personal website of David Barton.

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The New Yorker's Lost Rat 404 Error Page

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The New Yorker's Lost Rat 404 Error Page.

The New Yorker, one of the most popular magazines in the world, has a cuteĀ 404 page.

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I don't know about you, but that mimics the feelings I have when I see a 404 error.

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Huwshimi & Friends' Ninja Thief 404 Error Page

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Huwshimi & Friends' Ninja Thief 404 Error Page.

The 404 error page that comes up on the Huwshimi & Friends site doesn't do anything special, but it does sport a pretty cool ninja, which is enough for me.

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I'd recommend that you visit the site's home page and search for the document you were after, but you're more than welcome to try their advice: "You must return when the moon has friends and the fox is borrowed."

Hey, you never know.

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Bitly's Dead Fish 404 Error Page

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Bitly's Dead Fish 404 Error Page.

The 404 Not Found landing page for Bitly features... a dead fish. At least I think it's a fish. I'm not sure I'd go to dead fish when thinking about missing web pages, but to each his own.

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Move your mouse near the water's surface for a bit of an effect. I haven't figured out how to revive the poor fish, though.

Bitly is a URL shortening service.

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Homestar Runner's You Are Stupid 404 Error Page

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Homestar Runner's You Are Stupid 404 Error Page.

Rude? Yes. Clever? Also yes.

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There are plenty of reasons to get a 404 error when you land on a website and, yes, one of them is because... well... you screwed up.

I would never go so far as to say "...you are stupid" but sure, we get the joke.

Homestar Runner is a web cartoon series.

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Magnt's Venn Diagram 404 Error Page

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Magnt's Venn Diagram 404 Error Page.

Magnt's 404 landing page attempts to explain the 404 error with a Venn diagram.

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Technically, though, you get a 404 error because a site broke something or you can't type, meaning that 404 Page should have its own circle, with an intersection with each of the other circles. But I digress...

Magnt is a prepackaged web site service.

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MailChimp's Frozen Monkey 404 Error Page

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MailChimp's Frozen Monkey 404 Error Page.

I won't begin to guess why a 404 error is best represented by a frozen monkey (I suppose it is their company mascot) but I couldn't not share this one.

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The page says: This isn't the thing you're looking for. Wow - no kidding!

MailChimp is an email newsletter service.

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Not A Niche's Joke 404 Error Page

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Not A Niche's Joke 404 Error Page.

Not A Niche's Error 404 page, which they call a DANG IT! Page Not Found! error, features a long series of image-based jokes, which you can cycle through by refreshing the page.

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So while you didn't find what you were looking for, at least you can have a little laugh about it.

Not A Niche is the personal website of Alexander Frison.

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