When you attempt to load a webpage that does not exist, your browser will return a 404 - Website not found error. This will let users know that the page they are trying to view does not exist. However, the default page that browsers display is pretty boring. If only there was a way you could upload your own, custom 404
- Create a Custom 404 page
- Upload your custom 404 page
- Testing your new error page
- Other error pages
Create a Custom 404 page
You can create your custom 404 page using any HTML editor that you like. You will only need to use the file name of 404.shtml (notice the "s" in front). Once you have your html page created, you only need to upload it to your website.
Upload your custom 404 page
You can upload your custom 404 page using any FTP protocol you like, or you can use the File Manager built in to cPanel. You can find more information on FTP and the cPanel File Manager at the following links:
Upload your 404.shtml file to your domain Document Root folder. For your primary domain, this would be the public_html folder.
Testing your new error page
Now that you have your new page uploaded, you can test it by trying to load a page that does not exist. The easiest way to do this is to enter an invalid page into the address bar of your browser. You can enter example.com/nopage (replace example.com with your domain name). Your custom page should load.
Other error pages
There are many other error pages that you can customize as well.
- 400 Bad Request
- 401 Authorization Required
- 403 Forbidden
- 404 Not Found
- 500 Internal Server Error
You can create an error page for each error using the same method mentioned above. You only need to name the file based on the error code (Ex. 400.shtml). Upload them all to your domain Document Root folder.
If you are using a CMS (WordPress, Concrete, Joomla, etc.), this method will most likely not work for you, as most CMS have error page handling built in. Check the documentation for your CMS to see how to add custom error pages to your site.
Still Having Issues?
If you are still having issues, you can contact our Customer Support in the following methods:
You can connect to our Live Chat Support Team from your MacHighway Client Area. If you are not sure how to do this, you can find a guide here.
Our Live Chat team is available Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern Time.
You can submit a support ticket to our Support Team from your client area.
Our ticket Support Team is available 24/7/365.
You can contact our Phone Support Team using the following number:
- US/Canada 1-888-974-0334
- International 1-727-800-3606
Our Phone Support team is available Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern Time.