There are two main styles of error messages you
may encounter. The first is the standard form, which looks something like:
The requested URL your_domain/filename.html
was not found on this server.
The second type comes in a variety of forms, but
is customized by the webmaster. For example:
We're sorry, but the requested URL does not
Please e-mail support@your_domain.com if you need further assistance.
Such messages are called
and are web pages designed to give a polite explanation for error conditions.
These error conditions generate numbers which are used to refer to the
appropriate error condition. Some of the most common messages are as follows:
400 Bad syntax
402 Not Used (Payment Granted)
404 Not Found
500 Internal Error
501 Not Implemented
503 Gateway Timeout
How do I customize error messages?
First, create the HTML page you want to use as
your error message and upload it to your
Next, go into your
(or create one) and add lines which specify the substitution.
Here are three examples of specifying error documents which will be called for a
given error condition (note you can use relative or absolute addressing):
ErrorDocument 401 http://your_domain.com/nopasswd.html
ErrorDocument 403 /forbidden.html
ErrorDocument 404 http://www.your_domain.com/nofile.html