Never leave your customers with a sad face, even if you have to show a Error 404 page in your website.
Some travel brands have taken this seriously and put a lot of effort to create some creative/funny Error 404 pages.
Eighteen months ago, we featured a set of Error 404 pages from travel brands - good ones, cute ones and the ugly ones.
This year, we thought it was time to revisit some of the good/cute Error 404 pages from travel brands. We opened more than 100 travel websites by mentioning a non-existing page, for example: www.expedia.com/gghgghggh
While doing this, more than 50% of the sites didn't have a neat-looking 404 page. Some just displayed "Page not found", "What you are looking doesn't exist", "Check your URL again". And, some sites redirected back to the home page.
A catchy 404 page might help in brand recall, and it also gives an opportunity to showcase the lighter side of the company.
Let the visual feast begin...
Just by looking at the visual (legs), one can be assured that they were looking for a hotel page.
In UBER style - black and white color, with consistent font usage.
How'd it go?
Smart usage of the brand's logo and 404 Error code.
The picture speaks for itself.
Error 404 with a smile.
The lighter side.
The mascot is in 404 too.
No visual, but conveys a lighter note message.
Again, the picture says it all. NB: The company is a mobile-only business.
Southwest has its own way of saying.
Non-travel website: University of Illinois
This site trolls the user by its running feed of messages. Even after waiting for 20 minutes, the messages continued like a story. This site has really put in a LOT of work.
NB: Please don't check how Tnooz displays its Error 404 page - we need to up our creativity :)
NB2:Page Not Found image via Shutterstock.