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    404 Error Pages affect User Experience!

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    Significant increase of 404 errors can be observed in transition periods, when show teams update websites for upcoming shows. For example, the number of reported 404 errors for ILTM increased from 30,943 to 245,323 in period 26-28 February 2015. One month later it increased from 288,256 to 432,705 in just one day.

    ILTM 404 errors - February and March 2015
    Fig 1 - ILTM 404 errors in February and March 2015

    This section is dedicated to 404 errors, reasons for such errors occurring and steps that can be taken in order to minimize their number to increase user experience.

    Most 404 errors occur when changing pages' names is not followed by links' updates on other pages.

    To find out more about 404 errors, please click here.
  • Naming Convention

    Renaming a page during process of website update may cause lots of errors if not done properly. Please remember, that all changes to page name have to be followed by appropriate changes to existing links. Otherwise, links will be redirecting users to old version of a page which does not exist. This will generate 404 errors.

  • Copying Pages

    Copying pages in Episerver is a quick and reliable way of building new pages based on existing ones. However, this approach should not be used for updating content of an existing page. A number is automatically added to a copied page's name. Example below shows the bad practice in copying pages for content update purposes (please see Fig 2 - Multiple exhibitor directory pages).

    In Episerver, each new page inherits name of a copied page. Please note, that there is always a number added to it. For example, copy of a page with name Exhibitor-Directory will be called Exhibitor-Directory1. All existing links will be still redirecting users to Exhibitor-Directory until parameters are changed. If an original page was removed, links will be redirecting to a non-existing page. As a result, 404 error will be generated.

    ILTM 404 errors - February and March 2015
    Fig 2 - Multiple exhibitor directory pages
  • Steps to follow

    Whenever possible keep an original page and edit its content. Creating pages with random numbers at the end of their names is not a good practice. Names should be meaningful and as short as possible.

    If creating a copy is necessary, make sure that a new page is renamed right after an original page is removed.

    If a name has to be changed, then make sure that all other pages are also updated. Update all links with a new page name.

  • Your 404 pages

    Not all 404 errors can be avoided. However, there are ways to build/improve your 404 page in such way that user experience is not affected too much. Below you can find some ideas of improving 404 pages

    6 Guidelines For Designing 404 Error Pages With A Positive Impact


    5 Tips to Make Your 404 Page More Usable

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