When browsing to an incorrect or unavailable address at your blog's domain, the visitor will be redirected to the front page of your blog which may be confusing. You can create your own custom 404 page to deliver a message to visitors to let them know they have tried to an address which doesn't exist.
Create a 404 Page
The custom 404 page is created the same as other Pages. To create a page, open the Compose menu and select New Page. The custom 404 page can include any message and will use the same design as your blog. After creating your page, click Publish.
Keep in mind you may also want to set the Permalink to be clear to visitors. For example,
Select the Custom 404 Page
For your blog, go to Settings > Custom 404. If you don't have any published pages, you will be prompted to create one before you can select a custom 404 page.
If you have published pages, those pages will be available in the drop-down menu. Select the preferred page and click Save Changes.
Now when a visitor goes to an incorrect address at your blog's domain, they will encounter the selected 404 page.
Remove Custom 404 Page
To remove the custom 404 page, go to Settings > Custom 404, check the box to Remove Custom 404?, and click Save Changes. Visitors who go to an incorrect address will be directed to the front page of your blog if a custom page is not selected.
Updated 14 August 2020
You may also want to check out these other articles:
- For tips on creating pages and linking in the Navigation Bar, see the article on adding pages to the Navigation Bar.
- For information on creating custom, responsive themes, see the Design Lab article.
- Register a custom domain name for your blog. Learn more.