How to Create a Custom 404 Page in WordPress (2020)

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Hi guys, it’s Martie here from letsbuildwp.com, and in this video we’re going to be covering

how to create a custom 404 page in WordPress.

This is sometimes referred to as a “404 error page”, and it’s what shows up when

we try to visit an incorrect URL on our site.

Or if we’re trying to visit a page or post that’s been deleted.

Now, the standard 404 page on WordPress will look something like this.

With a short message saying the page is missing and a search bar.

But in this quick tutorial, we’re going to be covering how to create our own custom

404 page, so we can show something like this instead.

Now obviously you can add whatever you like to this page, but for the example I decided

to add:

An image I created using canva.com, a message explaining that the page is missing, a list

of my main pages and post categories, some of my more popular blog posts, and then a

button that’ll bring the reader back to the home page.

Having a 404 page like this is going to be much better for keeping people on our site,

and can also help to improve our site rankings with Google by lowering our bounce rate.

So if you’re ready to get started, this is how to create a custom 404 page in WordPress.

Okay, so to add a custom 404 page in WordPress, we’re going to be installing an awesome

free plugin that’ll help us to set it up.

So we just need to visit our dashboard by clicking our site title at the top.

Then we can hover over where it says plugins on the left, and click add new.