Monday, February 7, 2011

How do I configure custom error messages?

To configure a custom error page, you must create a file called .htaccess

The name of the file is important.  Ensure after you have uploaded the file that the file name is in fact .htaccess and not .htaccess.txt.
Using a text editor such as Windows Notepad or Mac’s Textmate, enter the following line in a new file:
This will redirect any visitor to your web site to the URL you have entered, in this example that url is

Common error numbers

Here are the common error numbers and what their meaning is so that you may tailor your error pages accordingly.
  • 401: Authorization Required
    A password protected area of the web site was accessed, but the correct user name and password were not provided.
  • 403: Forbidden
    The page is being blocked by the web server and the visitor is not allowed to see it.
  • 404: Page Not Found
    The page that the visitor was attempting to access does not exist.  This is typically a broken link or an old web page that has since been removed.
  • 500: Internal Server Error
    There are a number of reasons for this error, however they are all due to an error within the web server where a script or application has crashed and the web server could not handle the error gracefully.