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Custom Montezuma 404 page

Old Feb 15, 2013, 02:24 AM
367 posts · Oct 2012
No need for a 404 plugin. With MZ, simply make your own main template 404.php, copying something like page.php.

In the content div, put something like "404 Page Not Found" between the <h1> tags and remove everything else between those tags.

In the post-bodycopy div, put your custom message (you'll need to use <p> tags) and remove everything else. Links to your home page, search page, site map, last post, and/or whatever you want can be included.

Save the template. To test it, simply enter a nonexistent page url of your site into your address bar.

Here's the official WP codex doc.

As an example, here's what I put up for now:

<h1>404 Page Not Found</h1>
<div class="post-bodycopy cf">

  <p>The page you requested wasn't found.</p>
My main menu, with a link to my home page is in the sidebar. I'll add a link to a site map after I make one.

It's possible I could have stripped out more code from the template to make it more elegant, but I didn't dig into what that would do.

Last edited by jerryc; Feb 15, 2013 at 09:09 AM. Reason: Clarification, per moderator suggestions
Old Feb 15, 2013, 05:36 AM
juggledad's Avatar
23,765 posts · Mar 2009
OSX 10.11.5 WP 4.x Atahualpa(all) Safari, Firefox, Chrome
If you want this to be a 'How To:' give a step by step guide with examples and edit your explaination to be clear. in your second line you state
In the content div, put something like "404 Page Not Found" between the <h1> tags and remove everything else.
The you start talking about the post-bodycopy div, but in the previous statement you said to remove everything else from the content div. I know what you meant to say, but it's not what you said.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 03:18 PM
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26 posts · Jul 2010
The Netherlands, Europe, Earth
Thanks jerryc
Old Apr 12, 2013, 11:15 PM
8 posts · Mar 2013
This post is very helpful for creating the 404 page.


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