WordPress displays a 404 Error Page whenever a visitor is on a page which does not exist or is on a wrong URL. I have seen many wordpress blogs having these 404 error pages showing just an error message like:

“Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here”

“The Page you are looking for is not at this location”

Some other blogs display just an image like the one at the beginning of this post. I wonder why some wordpress bloggers haven’t customized these 404 error pages effectively so that the visitors could find the exact post they were looking for (if the URL is wrong) or at least some related posts or redirect the wrong page to the right one. Following are some good wordpress plugins to deal effectively with 404 errors. Try any one! :)

  • Smart 404

    This is my favorite and I’m using it currently. This plugin will perform a search of your posts, pages, tags and categories, using keywords from the requested URL. If there’s a match, redirect to that content instead of showing the error. If there’s more than one match, the 404 template can use some template tags to provide a list of suggestions to the visitor. You can test this blog’s 404 error page like www.tipsblogger.com/***WriteSomethingHere*** to see how this plugin works! :P

  • Google 404

    The Google 404 widget is a quick and easy way to embed a search box on your custom 404 page and provide users with useful information designed to help them find the information they need. Where it can, the Google widget will also suggest other ways for the user to find the information they need, thus increasing the likelihood that they’ll continue to explore your site.

  • The Free 404 Plugin

    This simple plugin will give you a customized, smart ‘Page Not Found(404)’ error message. It will automatically display links to relevant pages on your site, based on the words in the URL that was not found. Installing this plugin is beneficial for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) because it will make your site appear to have relevant pages even for those URLs that you actually don’t have. This can increase your search engine ranking.

  • Redirection

    Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.

  • Bing404

    Using the Bing Search library, this plugin will intercept your standard 404 page and return a list of urls that may help your user find the content they are looking for. You can limit the search to just the content on your site, set a default search in case the computed one doesn’t return any results, and set a host of other options, all designed to provide your users with quality recomendations.

I’m sure that using any of these plugins increases the pageviews of your site and several other benefits good for SEO! ;) Enjoy blogging.