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How to create a custom ’404 page not found’ page in Joomla


First, you need to create your error page like a normal article. Once you finish with its design, simply publish it. It will be then accessible via a link such as:

Now, you need to edit the templates/system/error.php file on your web hosting account. You can replace its code with the following:

* @copyright Copyright (C) 2005 – 2008 Open Source Matters. All rights reserved.
* @license GNU/GPL, see LICENSE.php
* Joomla! is free software. This version may have been modified pursuant
* to the GNU General Public License, and as distributed it includes or
* is derivative of works licensed under the GNU General Public License or
* other free or open source software licenses.
* See COPYRIGHT.php for copyright notices and details.

// no direct access
defined( ‘_JEXEC’ ) or die( ‘Restricted access’ );

if (($this->error->code) == ’404′) {
echo file_get_contents(‘‘);

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “”>
<html xmlns=“” xml:lang=”<?php echo $this->language; ?>” lang=”<?php echo $this->language; ?>” dir=”<?php
echo $this->direction; ?>”>
<title><?php echo $this->error->code ?> – <?php echo $this->title; ?></title>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”/<?php echo $this->baseurl; ?>/templates/system/css/error.css” type=”text/css” />
<div align=”center”>
<div id=”outline”>
<div id=”errorboxoutline”>
<div id=”errorboxheader”><?php echo $this->error->code ?> – <?php echo $this->error->message ?></div>
<div id=”errorboxbody”>
<p><strong><?php echo JText::_(‘You may not be able to visit this page because of:’); ?></strong></p>
<li><?php echo JText::_(‘An out-of-date bookmark/favourite’); ?></li>
<li><?php echo JText::_(‘A search engine that has an out-of-date listing for this site’); ?></li>
<li><?php echo JText::_(‘A mis-typed address’); ?></li>
<li><?php echo JText::_(‘You have no access to this page’); ?></li>
<li><?php echo JText::_(‘The requested resource was not found’); ?></li>
<li><?php echo JText::_(‘An error has occurred while processing your request.’); ?></li>
<p><strong><?php echo JText::_(‘Please try one of the following pages:’); ?></strong></p>
<li><a href=”/<?php echo $this->baseurl; ?>/index.php” title=”<?php echo JText::_(‘Go to the home page’); ?>”><?php echo JText::_(‘Home Page’); ?></a></li>
<p><?php echo JText::_(‘If difficulties persist, please contact the system administrator of this site.’); ?></p>
<div id=”techinfo”>
<p><?php echo $this->error->message; ?></p>
<?php if($this->debug) :
echo $this->renderBacktrace();
endif; ?>


The text in bold is the additional code which should be added to the default file.

Now just browse to and you should see your custom error page.

Don’t forget to clear your Joomla cache in order to see the changes immediately.

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Article ID: 308
Category: General Joomla FAQ
Date added: 2012-12-11 15:45:49
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